Definition of "Incumbrance"
A right or interest in property held by a third party, which often limits the use and diminishes the value of the property, but usually does not prevent the transferring of title. The more common forms of incumbrance are:
- Taxes, water rents and assessments for local improvements that have become liens upon the property to which a contract or conveyance relates.
- Recorded judgments.
- Property lease.
Lis pendens giving notice that an action or proceeding is pending in the courts affecting the title to the property.
- Mechanics' liens for work or labor done or material furnished for use on the subject property.
- Building or other structural encroachments on the property.
- Restrictive covenants.
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