When a government entity takes a person’s property through eminent domain, it is often difficult for the property owner to find new arrangements to live or to operate their business. This can go beyond simply finding a new location. It expands into other areas making the perceived unfairness of the entire process seem worse.
In these instances, the law has ways of resolving challenges that are linked to the person’s displacement from their former home. Although these solutions are in place and meant to assist the property owner, that does not mean they will resolve every challenge that arises.
How does the state resolve eminent domain problems?
Potential problems are expected to be foreseeable and addressed beforehand whether it is an individual owner, a business owner or a farm. The objective is to limit the negative implications suffered by the owner.
The displaced person will have relocation assistance available to them. In addition, even those who are not losing their property but live adjacent to the property that is being taken can receive assistance. This is contingent on them facing economic problems because of it. They may also be offered the opportunity to relocate.
This form of assistance will give the displaced property owner information regarding the type of housing available, its cost, its suitability for commercial operation for a business if one was interrupted by the appropriation. The displaced owner will have comparable places to live within a reasonable time-period. They will also get information about various programs through the federal and state authorities to help them.
Maximize the return when losing property through eminent domain
People who are losing their property due to eminent domain will understandably feel as if they are having their rights violated. However, the government does have the right to take property if it decides it is necessary for public use.
Still, it is imperative for a homeowner, business owner or farmer to be up to date on the programs that can help them with moving to a reasonable, safe and beneficial location. If there are concerns about any area of eminent domain whether it is fighting the appropriation of the property, getting fair compensation or receiving guidance with the move, it is wise to know what can be done to ensure an equitable outcome.