Expropriation of Land for Highways and Government Projects

The development of new highways and government projects often requires the government to acquire land that is privately owned by citizens. This process is called expropriation and can have significant impacts on the lives of property owners. It is essential that land owners have strong legal guidance and a solid understanding of their rights in order to protect their interests and receive adequate compensation for their land.

Protecting of Your Legal Rights

The first contact a property owner receives from the government may be a knock on the door or a phone call from the highway authority. The government will often try to reach an agreement on a price to be paid for the land, but has the authority to expropriate land even if the owner does not consent. This process can be bewildering for the property owner and result in serious consequences for a land owner's property, business and financial interests. Land owners should be ready assert their rights and take proper legal action where necessary.

Your Right to Compensation

Property owners have a legal right to be compensated for the market value of their property, as well as such things as legal fees, relocation costs, impacts on business and a reduction in value of any remaining property. Owners also have the right to receive an advance payment before giving up possession of the land. Where property owners do not agree with the compensation offered by the government, the land owner can apply to the BC Supreme Court for a determination of the amount due. During negotiations and before agreeing to a deal, land owners should be aware of their rights under expropriation law and the various forms of compensation they can demand.

The expropriation lawyers at Peterson Stark Scott in Surrey have decades of experience representing land owners in disputes and negotiations over expropriated land and have helped countless clients identify and protect their legal rights. If your property is facing expropriation, contact Peterson Stark Scott at 604-634-2308 or book a consultation online.

Lawyer in Spotlight:

Bruce Melville has been working as a lawyer, author and teacher in the field of Municipal and Expropriation Law for more than 30 years. His expertise has been an invaluable asset for countless clients facing expropriation of their properties. For more information about your legal rights and obligations in relation to expropriation matters contact Mr. Melville by phone at 604-634-2308 or by e-mail at info@psslaw.ca