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Can I save my property after the declaration of eminent domain?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2024 | Eminent Domain |

Eminent domain is a legal process through which the government can acquire private property for public use. While the use of this process can benefit communities as a whole, it may also come as an unpleasant surprise to individual property owners.

The power of eminent domain has its roots in the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Even so, you may have options for protecting your property even after a governing body declares eminent domain.


One option for challenging eminent domain is negotiation. Minnesota eminent domain laws require the government to provide just compensation for any private property it chooses to seize for public use. The definition of “just compensation” can be ambiguous, which opens the door for negotiations. By presenting evidence of the property’s value or highlighting any unique and notable aspects, owners may be able to reach a favorable agreement.

Challenging the decision

Property owners can also challenge the eminent domain decision through legal means. This may involve demonstrating that the government’s proposed use of the property does not meet the criteria for public use or that the compensation offered is inadequate.

Exploring alternatives

In some cases, property owners may explore alternatives to losing their property entirely. This could involve proposing alternative locations for the public project or suggesting modifications to the project that would allow the property to remain intact.

While the declaration of eminent domain can be distressing for property owners, it is important to never forget that you have rights you can assert. By understanding these rights and seeking assistance when needed, you can secure fair treatment under the law.