What Is Inverse Condemnation?
Property laws can be very complicated considering the government's right, and potentially skewed interpretation, of eminent domain. One aspect of eminent domain law is condemnation and inverse condemnation. Condemnation is the official method the government uses in order to change title of a property from the owner to itself. In essence, the government is filing suit for your property, and offering you compensation for it, though it is often less than it should be.
Inverse condemnation is the opposite; the government is not suing an owner for their property but the owner is suing the government for taking their property without compensation or causing damage to property without rightful compensation. Causing damage to the property which leads to the government taking the property is also cause for an inverse condemnation suit.
Property damage leading to inverse condemnation is caused by public projects, whether construction of new government buildings or public utilities, or the expansion of a highway. Damage may be caused by landslides, flooding, or loss of ground support, as well as other detrimental events. If your property is taken or a government project causes property damage to your property and you have not been offered compensation, you have the right to pursue legal action to rectify the situation. Even if a public project leads to the occupation of your property without compensation, it may be considered a violation of your property rights.
If you have not been offered compensation for damage caused to your property by a public project or for the seizure of your property, a skilled Los Angeles inverse condemnation attorney with the Peterson Law Group, P.C., can help you hold the government agency financially responsible for their actions. To discuss your legal rights and options, call (213) 236-9720 for a consultation today.