DEFENSE OF CONDEMNATION
WHAT IS EMINENT DOMAIN?
If the State and local governments believe it must acquire your
property to further a public purpose, the State and local
governments have the power, granted by the US Constitution, to
take private property for public use. However, the property
owner must receive just compensation in return.
If you receive a condemnation notice, you usually have just a
short time to act to save your property, or at least negotiate a
fair price. The law of “eminent domain” gives state and local
governments the right to take private property for public use.
But you have rights, too. You must receive just compensation for
the value of your property, according to the 5th Amendment of
the US Constitution.