As a previous post on this blog noted, landowners are often frustrated by the effects of the government’s power of eminent domain. While government agencies may intend to treat people fairly, when individuals are negatively impacted by the power of eminent domain, it may feel like the most unfair treatment that they’ve ever experienced.
Although the government does have the power to decide that a landowner’s property should be condemned or take a private landowner’s land based on the doctrine of eminent domain, there are still guidelines that the government must follow in order to appropriately do these things. If these guidelines are not appropriately followed, the landowner may have options to hold the government accountable.
In Pennsylvania, as in other states, the government can take a private landowner’s property for a public purpose. Even if the owner objects to the taking, he or she can still lose the property to the government. However, the government must pay the landowner the fair market value of the land in order to take it over for public use.
When facing a public taking or condemnation, it can be intimidating and difficult to stand up to the government and fight your case. This is where property law attorneys can be helpful.
Every landowner has the ability to assert his or her rights and dispute whether the taking or condemnation was done in an appropriate, law-abiding manner. Even if a landowner is not ultimately able to keep the property, experienced attorneys can help to ensure that he or she is being appropriately compensated for the loss of the property.
For more information, visit our Philadelphia Eminent Domain & Condemnation Attorneys page.