Will you be prepared if your land happens to be seized for public use? The process of a party claiming property from a landowner is called condemnation. Despite having the power of eminent domain, condemners do have some restrictions. Here are three issues to consider when dealing with condemnation.
Consider Property Value
- You should not only consider how much you can be paid for land but also consider the full value.
- If a company or state government wants to use your property for a construction project, you can apply for an easement, which allows the company or government to use only a portion of your land instead of all of it.
Consider the Procedure
- Don’t be misguided about how condemnation occurs. It starts with the condemnor reaching out to you and offering a proposal to claim your land.
- You should research the credentials of the condemnor to learn who you are dealing with.
- It is important that you receive a proposal from the condemnor before they survey it.
Negotiate an Easement
- If you are willing to give up a portion of your property, you can negotiate details like the exact amount that will be seized or if any features (like fences) will be removed.
- These details must be negotiated before signing an easement. An easement is only approved if both parties reach an agreement in writing.
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