In New York, a governmental entity can take your real property from you through a process called eminent domain. However, in order to be able to do that, the reason for the taking has to be either for a public purpose or a public necessity.
A public purpose is a project that serves a public good or need, such as to build roads, parks, schools, or other public buildings. If the government does have the right to take your property, they must give you just compensation which is determined by the highest and best use for your property.
The exercise of eminent domain by the government is common and affects many property owners. Often, the government will simply take a portion of a property in order to widen a road or for some other purpose.
If you believe that the proposed taking of your property in New York through eminent domain does not meet the requirements for public purpose or necessity, you should contact a New York real estate attorney.
The New York eminent domain process is complicated, and an attorney can help walk you through the steps. An attorney can help you fight eminent domain, or help you insure that you are fairly compensated for the property.
If your property is being taken in New York through eminent domain laws, contact the New York Real Estate Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444. Our attorneys will be happy to help you at any stage of the eminent domain process to insure that you are being treated fairly. Call us today.