Could Your Property Be Taken By The Government?
The metro Atlanta area has seen explosive growth over the past quarter century. While this is good for the area in general, individual property owners may find their properties subjected to condemnation by a state or local government agency.
At the Cumming law firm of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, our lawyers have helped many clients evaluate their options and make sure they are not taken advantage of by government agencies attempting to gain control of their property.
What Is Eminent Domain?
Governments can take property if it is deemed to be for a public use. That term may seem ambiguous, and the definition of “public use” can indeed vary from case to case and location to location, even within Georgia. A public use might be a road, a public utility or even the construction of a subdivision.
The government is required to offer fair compensation for the property that is being taken. However, the government’s offer may be vastly different from what a property owner might expect or deem to be reasonable.
There is recourse available. If the two sides cannot agree, this type of real estate dispute heads to condemnation proceedings. Property owners often choose to work with an experienced real estate attorney such as one from Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, who can help protect their interests and fight for an appropriate valuation.