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 The act of taking private property for public use by a political subdivision upon payment to owner of just compensation.

The term condemnation refers to the legal acquisition of property by a local government or other private entities. A municipality often condemns a piece of property, such as a home or commercial building, either temporarily or permanently because it may be deemed unsafe or hazardous.

A structure can also be condemned for acquisition under the legal doctrine of eminent domain. Owners have legal recourse to challenge the condemnation of their property or may receive fair market value (FMV) if they accept the terms.

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