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Can The Government Take Your Property And Not Pay You For It?


After COVID-19 first came to the scene the government engaged in activities and actions that were unprecedented for what they claimed were necessary public health measures. From business and school closures to keeping people inside of their homes and away from others, ultimately the long-term implications of such steps resulted in economic harm for many. In some cases, individuals who have been negatively impacted financially by the actions of the government could potentially have what is called a takings case to make a claim for compensation.

What is known as “takings law” can be quite complicated. It is written in the constitution that essentially the government does not have the authority to take one’s private property and put it towards public projects without compensating the private entity that owned the property. As a result, a private person may be able to take legal action against the government if the property was taken but no compensation was granted.

New York City business takings lawyer Harry D. Lewis understands intricate takings litigation and may be able to help you if you find yourself in such a precarious situation.

How Does Government Takings Laws Work?

Sometimes the government may confiscate property outside of the rules and procedures that detail eminent domain. In such circumstances, the property owner may be able to file a legal suit against the government as a remedy. The legal suit would be for fair financial compensation for the property.

The government has a duty to keep civilization and society running. To accomplish such an objective, it is unavoidable that there may be times when the government takes private property. Both federal and state laws allow the government to take private property even if the owner of such property is opposed to the action. The government can condemn private property and take it, and then provide just compensation in return to the property owner. This is eminent domain.

By contrast, inverse condemnation is when the government takes property and does not condemn it. Also with inverse condemnation, the government does not pay the property owner fair compensation. As a result, if the property owner desires financial recompense, they must get ready for a legal battle and file a suit against the government.

Individuals that believe they deserve compensation from the government for a property that was taken are best advised to seek the legal counsel of an attorney that has extensive experience with government takings law. Attorney Harry D. Lewis has a background and knowledge of how to handle these highly involved legal cases.

Having your property taken and suffering financial losses without just compensation for actions by the government is a distressful position to be in. Individuals in these circumstances may have legal options to make their situation right again.

Speak to the New York City Government Takings Attorney Today

If you are unsure about your rights and what you can do when the government has seized your property and you have not received fair compensation, call the New York City government takings attorney Harry D. Lewis to schedule a free consultation at 212-859-5067 to discuss your case.


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