What Is Condemnation?

The legal definition of condemnation is the seizure of private property for public use. Condemnation occurs when a local, state, or federal body uses government authority to seize private land and compensates the owner. Once the government decides to take the property and gets an appraisal, it offers the owners a pro tanto award. If the owner does not wish to sell, the government files the appropriate court action to exercise the right of eminent domain. Learn more about condemnation laws below.

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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