The Committee on Condemnation, Certiorari and Real Estate Taxation focuses on the law of condemnation and tax certiorari. The two areas are related because both involve the valuation of real property. In real estate tax certiorari proceedings, the petitioner/grievant argues that the property is, among other things, valued higher than market value. In condemnation proceedings, a municipality, state agency, or utility asserts a right to take property and, thanks to both the United States and New York Constitutions, must pay for it. The amount offered by the condemning authority is often hotly litigated on the ground that the offer does not represent the property’s true fair market value.

This Committee is composed of seasoned professionals in the areas of condemnation, certiorari and real estate taxation, but welcomes beginners. Some of the issues the group considers are thorny and interesting. For example, if a client challenges its property’s value for real estate tax purposes, can the client argue for a higher value in condemnation proceedings? Join the Committee and find out!

Committee membership is open to members of the Real Property Law Section.

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