If you receive a written notice of taking, or if you even hear a rumor that your property may be taken or condemned, remember these few basic rules:
- Do not discuss any issue pertaining to the value of your property with anyone without first consulting counsel.
- Do not attempt to value your property without the advice of a competent real estate appraiser. Seek an experienced lawyer’s advice before retaining an appraiser.
- Do not attempt to obtain building permits, variances, zone changes, subdivision approvals, curb cuts or any other government approvals without consulting your counsel.
- Do not apply for real estate tax assessment reductions without first consulting your counsel.
Continue to maintain your property in a normal manner.
- Do not permit anyone to conduct any tests such as borings, explorations for hazardous waste, or test wells for a water supply, unless counsel secures written agreement that copies of all test data and reports will be supplied to you.
- Do not supply copies of leases, expense records, profit and loss statements or similar documents to the government or its representatives without first referring such requests to counsel.
This advice is basic.
It is not intended to be all-inclusive.