Who Can Condemn My Property?

An individual or entity condemning—or seizing—a property is called a “condemnor”; an individual or entity whose property is being condemned is called a “condemnee.”

The list of possible condemnors is long. State and federal governments, local city and county governments, and even private businesses can take your land if they can show that the condemnation—or seizure—is for public use or purpose. Then, based on the value of the land, they are required to pay you just—or fair and reasonable—compensation for the land taken.

Federal & State Condemnors

Agencies that commonly condemn property in North Carolina include:

Under transportation statutes, the NCDOT often condemns land and improvements for roadway projects.

State Lands laws allow the NCDOA to condemn private property for many state agency projects.

In land condemnation actions where federal funds contribute to part or all of a project, condemnors must also follow the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition regulations.

Local Private Condemnors

Under North Carolina eminent domain laws, local private condemnors may seize private property for public use or benefit. These condemnors may include:

  • cell phone companies,
  • pipeline construction companies,
  • railroads and other common carriers,
  • telephone companies,
  • utility companies,
  • and other private individuals or entities involved in permissible purposes.

Local Public Condemnors

Local public condemnors, such as town and county governments, may also seize your land for various projects that have a local purpose, benefit, or use. Public condemnors may include:

  • hospital authorities,
  • housing authorities,
  • mosquito control districts,
  • and sanitary districts.

We Protect The Rights of Property Owners Across North Carolina

At Henson Fuerst, you and your property are our top priorities. We work hard to bring you justice and peace of mind in the event of a land-taking case through eminent domain. Have you been notified that your land is being condemned? Time is of the essence – fill out and submit a contact form on our website or call our office toll-free at 919-781-1107 for a free legal consultation with one of our eminent domain attorneys today.