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Expropriation is widely accepted as an essential element of contemporary governance. Nevertheless, the exercise of that authority nearly invariably ends in a painful experience for the property owner who is displaced from his or her land.

Expropriation happens when a governmental entity has the power to seize private property for the benefit of the public without the property owner’s permission. Public authorities have the authority to seize private property, provided that the relevant government body approves the purchase prior to the seizing.

For political or other unjustified reasons, the government cannot seize land as a form of punishment against the landowner. The land must be required for a clearly defined public purpose, such as the expansion of public roadways or the construction of utility infrastructure, such as pipes and sewers, among other things.

Process of Expropriation

Expropriation is a legal procedure, and the process of expropriation is comprised of the following steps:


Condemnation is the legal term used to describe when a government takes private property for public purposes. Most constitutions permit their governments to carry out this function. It enables them to get the title of ownership of any land intended for public use after compensating the prior owners in a fair and equitable manner.


When the government seizes property, it is required to assess the market worth of the property to determine the amount of compensation to be paid. The assessment should be carried out by a third party that is not biased. This is where National Appraisals can help you during expropriation.

Make An Offer

Following an appraisal of the current market worth of the acquired property, the government gives the former owners what it deems to be an appropriate sum of compensation for their loss. Therefore, making an offer solely depend on the appraisal services. For this reason, you must go for an Appraisal company such as National Appraisals who are quite reputable in their domain.


If the property owners are unhappy with either the amount of compensation or the reason for the expropriation, they have the right to file a lawsuit against the government in any or both of these instances.

Protections for the Property Owner

Because of the imbalance of power between the landowner and the government, the law establishes several protections for the property owner throughout the process of expropriation. One of these protections guarantees that the property owner is entitled to “be made whole” in the event that his or her property is seized by force. This may involve the following

  • Expropriated property’s fair market value at the time of expropriation
  • Losses resulting from the adjacent land’s development
  • Expropriation-related legal or accounting costs that are fair in comparison to the value of the property
  • The expenses of relocating a company
  • If a firm is unable to move, the worth of the goodwill associated with the business
  • Business losses that are reasonable in nature and/or caused by downtime
  • Interest is charged on any unpaid portions of the claim at the specified rate

You may depend on professional services being offered by National Appraisals since the team has prior expertise working with municipal governments, particularly in expropriation.

Purpose of Valuation

The property owners may need legal and/ or professional counsel to recover compensation for disturbance-related losses, damages for harmful affection, and any specific relocation-related damages.

Business Closure: Businesses are forced to shut when their property is taken away and they are unable to move 

Business Relocation: Property confiscation and forced relocation of a company are examples of business relocations

Business Disruption: When a portion of a company’s property is taken and the decreased usefulness of the remaining property resulting in more expenses for the company; or when a company’s property is taken and the reduced utility of the remaining property results in additional expenditures for the company.

Construction Loss: In this case, no property is seized, but a business is adversely affected by construction-related activities in close proximity to the company’s location, referred to as a construction loss.

In general, these losses may be divided into two categories: losses that have already occurred and losses that will occur in the future.

National Appraisals – Team Expertise

Our team of highly qualified experts has performed thousands upon thousands of specialist appraisals throughout the years. The government, attorneys, and property owners have all engaged us on their behalf. We are able to back up our assessments with expert reports and evidence during negotiations, as well as in the event of arbitration or litigation if needed.

At National Appraisals, we offer the following:

  • Value to assist in determining the amount of compensation due as a consequence of an expropriation
  • Determine the extent of harm caused by an affliction
  • Assistance with an appraisal for right-of-way infrastructure projects that require the purchase of a single or several properties

Even when compensation offers seem reasonable, it is in the best interests of property owners to get an independent assessment of the property’s worth to guarantee they receive full value for the property.

While each situation is unique, the disparity between the compensation offers and the value placed on a property by an independent appraiser may be substantial. You can contact National Appraisals today and get the actual value of your property without issue.

Our appraisers have the knowledge and expertise necessary to assist both the expropriating authority and the owner compelled to surrender their property throughout this sometimes-contentious procedure.

Throughout this procedure, the chartered appraiser is a critical expert.

  • They first serve as a consultant, guiding the discussions.
  • They establish the indemnity—that is, the worth of the expropriated property and the amount of compensation for the ensuing harm.
  • They serve as an impartial broker in negotiating the indemnity and, if necessary, an agreement.
  • Finally, suppose an agreement cannot be reached. In that case, they may appear before the Tribunal as a certified expert witness to educate it on the just compensation to be given for the expropriation.

We recommend that you retain services from National Appraisals from the beginning of your expropriation case so that the appraiser can master the case’s history and nuances and thus advise you appropriately on the recommended approaches!

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