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Concerns mount that private property is increasingly threatened

As recently discussed in this blog, there exist protections available to property owners in Pennsylvania and elsewhere when the government seeks to take their property through the eminent domain process. A concern is mounting that across the country more and more property owners are watching their property being taken for private use. The principle of eminent domain in the United States dates back to the 1800s. It allows the government to take private property for a public use. Public uses are commonly highways and railroads but could also include such public uses as post offices.

Understanding protections in eminent domain situations

When the government attempts to take property from a property owner it can be an understandably significant and an alarming concern for that property owner. Property owners may have concerns that their property is being unfairly or unjustifiably condemned or that they are not receiving just compensation for their property. Property owners may be unfairly impacted by condemnations, unfair zoning schemes and condemnation actions.

Commercial property acquired in Philadelphia during boom

Commercial real estate projects can be exciting growth opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. While these can be very lucrative and beneficial, they can also be complex project with many working parts. This often means taking various steps to ensure the process goes as intended.

What are zoning laws?

Law for zoning are important for many businesses and real estate transactions. As a result, parties to real estate transactions and business owners may wonder what zoning laws are. Zoning ordinances regulate the use of property which is why they are important for businesses and parties contemplating a real estate transaction to consider. Zoning ordinances can have an impact on a real estate transaction or the operation or expansion of a business.

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