Welcome to the Eminent Domain section of FindLaw's Real Estate Center. Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private land for public use under certain circumstances. For example, the government may sometimes take someone's house in order to make room for a new highway or a bridge. In these instances, the homeowners are often entitled to compensation for their loss, and the government must first follow several different procedures before it can take property. This section provides information about the government's power of eminent domain, limitations on that power, and your rights under the law.
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