What is Eminent Domain?
Eminent Domain is the government’s (the State, County or City) power to take private land for a public purpose. Usually, the government takes full ownership of the property, but sometimes the government takes a lesser interest in the land, such as a utility easement or a temporary construction easement.
What is Land Condemnation?
Land Condemnation is used to describe the formal act of exercising the power of Eminent Domain in order to transfer title to the property from its private owner to the government.
Both terms are used interchangeably.
Common uses of property taken by Eminent Domain are:
- Public Utilities
- Road Widening
- “Public Use”- Parks, Greenways, Airports, Prisons, Etc.
Land Condemnation in North Carolina
In North Carolina, the law requires the government to pay you “just compensation” for your land. As well, it also requires the government to offer to purchase the property before resorting to the use of a legal action to take the land. You need an NC land condemnation attorney when faced with the dilemma of the government wanting your property.
Kirk, Kirk, Howell, Cutler and Thomas are your NC land condemnation attorneys when faced with an eminent domain case. For over 40 years, we have represented land condemnation cases all over North Carolina. Call us at 919-615-2473 or Contact us today for your free consultation.
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