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).