Environmental Liens

Environmental Liens: Underwriting Guidelines

Should your search disclose a state or federal environmental protection lien, or if a potential problem of hazardous waste is otherwise made known to you; an exception to the matter must be shown under Schedule B of the commitment and final policy as follows:


Notice and lien concerning violation of laws, ordinances, or governmental regulations relating to environmental protection recorded (date) in recording info.


Note: Every ALTA title insurance policy form used since 1984 includes an exclusion from coverage for environmental liens. This general exclusion provides that the policy does not protect against environmental liens. However, if an environmental lien is recorded against land being insured, we recommend that a special exception to the lien should be noted on Schedule B of the policy


See also:



Environmental Protection (ALTA 8.1)