Monterey California Legal Blog

When Can the Government Take Your House?

Both federal and state governments have the power to take private property for public use when necessary or beneficial.

Private property includes your house, land, and business. When the government decides to take private property it must only give you, the property owner, "just compensation." (This is stated in the Fifth Amendment and is known as the takings clause.)

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