Understanding how to fight claims of eminent domain can be as simple as saving a family farm or preserving important Pennsylvania history. Being threatened by an eminent domain action can be unsettling and overwhelming.
Many Philadelphia residents are aware of common types of real estate litigation that relate to the buying and selling of property and the contracts and covenants involved. Eminent domain actions are a very different type of real estate litigation however, and one that home and property owners should understand if they want to protect their property interests.
When it comes to ownership of private property, landowners are protected by numerous laws. These protections usually allow them to prevent intruders from entering their land, use it for any purpose allowed by law and build dwellings or other buildings upon the property. However, there are certain situations in which private property can be taken over by the government, even if the landowner does not wish to hand over their property.