Inverse Condemnation

Government Caused Property Damage

On occasion a governmental entity will cause damage to a property or property right, or even occupy a property without first offering to lease or purchase it, or going through the legal process of condemnation. Action to recover fair compensation for damage caused by government action or such illegal “taking”, or to regain possession, is referred to as inverse condemnation.

That phrase is often used to describe the illegal governmental action itself.

 Quoting the language of the Constitution and Property Code may do little to express how frustrating the process can be to an owner, pitted alone against a governmental entity, but there is a body of case law supporting property owner’s rights against governmental entities.

Private property may be damaged by inverse condemnation through a variety of means. Each situation must be separately evaluated for potential for success. The more common owner complaints include:

Water and flooding problems caused by governmental action or inaction.

  • Water and flooding problems caused by governmental action or inaction.
  • Landslides and compromises to adjacent or subjacent land support.
  • Occupation of your land by the government.
  • Certain types of limitations of access or view Occupation of your land by the government.
  • Occupation of your land by the government.
  • Damages caused by a regulatory taking.

This Texas law firm maintains its principal office within blocks of the Capitol complex in Austin, Texas. Our attorneys have handled appraisal disputes, eminent domain and condemnation cases throughout the State of Texas including Austin, Aransas Pass, Atlanta, Athens, Bastrop, Beaumont, Belton, Big Spring, Boerne, Bonham, Boston, Brownsville, Brownwood, Childress, Clarksville, Conroe, Copperas Cove, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, El Paso, Fairfield, Forney, Ft. Stockton, Ft. Worth, Georgetown, Grande Prairie, Houston, Jefferson, Katy, Lockhart, Longview, Lubbock, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Paris, Port Aransas, San Angelo, San Antonio, Seguin, Sinton, South Padre, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Tyler, Waco, Weatherford, Wimberley, and surrounding areas that include properties along Texas State Highway 130 (toll road), State Highway 45 (toll road), IH 35, IH 10, IH 45, IH 20, US 59, US 71, US 290, US 183, Beltway 8, IH 30, Loop 820, SH 121, SH 114, the North Tarrant Expressway and transmission line cases similar to acquisitions by LCRA and ONCOR.