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At PCL Property Lawyers Melbourne, we understand the intricacies of compulsory acquisition of land. This process involves the Government taking ownership of land that is privately owned.
Compulsory Acquisition can seem disastrous when you first learn that your property is going to be taken from you. The positive consolation is that you have to be compensated for fair market value.
If you own a business, you might be well set-up in a great location and happily running a great business. There is usually significant and favourable compensation to a business owner, even if you do not own the land but operate from the premises as a tenant.
While the Government may have the right to take ownership of land, there is provision in the law for those who are affected by compulsory acquisition to receive fair and reasonable compensation. The acquiring authority will be responsible for paying or reimbursing most of the legal and associated costs of your claim. PCL Property Lawyers Melbourne can provide expert legal advice and assistance throughout the process, ensuring you receive your proper entitlements. We can quite often get interim compensation paid to you also while the matter is being deliberated on, which can assist you with such things as relocation costs, expert report fees and legal fees.
We generally do not recommend accepting the initial offer from the acquiring authority. It is not the role of the acquiring authority to consider every small (and sometimes large) aspect on your behalf. The value that we, as your lawyers, bring to the table is that we will examine the different angles and the various grounds for further compensation that may not have been considered fully. We will also obtain alternate valuations, if the authority’s valuation is considered not to take into account all of the factors (which happens frequently).
Our lawyers have an excellent track record of success. We take a personal and individual approach to each compulsory acquisition case that we work on. By paying attention to details such as the history and specifics of each individual piece of land, as well as examining the case of the acquiring authority, we can help you achieve an outcome much better than what you could achieve on your own.
We take the approach that is most appropriate and convenient for each type of property – for example, the needs of a residential property owner may be very different to those of a farmer, developer or commercial property owner.
As your lawyers, who have practiced extensively in compulsory acquisition matters, we will:
If you’re affected by compulsory acquisition of land, our Melbourne land acquisition lawyers can provide expert legal advice that is tailored to your needs. If you have received a notice from the acquiring authority call us on 1300 907 335, or submit an enquiry using the form on this page and we will contact you promptly.