Eminent Domain and Condemnation
Eminent domain and condemnation power are terms that are frequently used interchangeably. Eminent domain is the inherent power of government or certain private companies acting under government authority to take private property for public use. Condemnation is the formal act by which the authority with eminent domain power transfers title from the private property owner to the condemning authority. The most common projects are the construction or expansion of infrastructure such as roads, highways, bridges, power lines, pipelines, rail lines, dams, water reservoirs, public buildings, drainage, flood control projects, and a variety of easements.
The United States and Texas Constitution guarantee just compensation when a condemning authority takes private property. The evaluation of whether you have been offered “just compensation” required by law involves appraisal of the taken property and any decrease in value to remaining property.
If you have an eminent domain or condemnation issue, please call (713) 284-5200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.