Tag Archives: Fair Market Value

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired.  Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an income capitalization approach.  But every once in a while, there is no relevant market data, in which case the law permits … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Confirms Valuation Method for Private Utilities in Public Rights-of-Way

A new published California court of appeal decision may be important for private utility companies with respect to the valuation of their possessory interests in public rights-of-way for property tax assessment purposes.  The case, Charter Communications Properties v. County of San Luis Obispo, provides that when assessing the fair market value of a utility’s possessory … Continue Reading

Condemees Not Always Entitled to Fair Market Value?

Another recent interesting court decision was somewhat lost in all the excitement last week over (1) the County of Los Angeles v. Glendora Redevelopment Project case striking down Glendora’s redevelopment plan for inadequate blight findings and (2) the US Supreme Court decision in the Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection case rejecting … Continue Reading

Fair Market Value Issues in Eminent Domain Where the Market Has no Willing Sellers

A fundamental premise underlying eminent domain laws is that the owner is treated fairly under principles of just compensation.  This means that the owner receives fair market value for the property being condemned.  And, where there is an active, relevant real estate market with ample comparable sales data, this premise can be upheld through traditional … Continue Reading