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Property Rights and Takings

What We Do

OCA’s primary focus is on eminent domain, inverse condemnation and regulatory taking matters and issues. Read What We Do for a more comprehensive understanding of how we help property owners nationwide. Below you will find a detailed explanation of the matters we typically do not handle, with recommendations of other resources that may be available to assist you in these matters. 

Matters We Typically Do Not Handle

OCA and OCA lawyers strive to help as many property owners as possible. However, there are a number of property-related issues that we do not handle, unless related in some meaningful way to a takings claim. Within the category of matters that we typically do not handle are the following:

  • General Real Estate Matters
  • Property Disputes Between Private Landowners
  • Landlord and Tenant Disputes
  • Short Term Rental Disputes
  • Housing Disputes and Eviction Cases
  • Foreclosure and Real Estate Liens
  • Public Nuisance Cases
  • Seizures of Property Due to Building and Land Use Code Violations
  • Zoning and Land Use Violations

If you are dealing with any of the above legal matters, an experienced and knowledgeable real estate or land use lawyer in your community should be able to advise and assist you. If you cannot afford to hire legal counsel, you may wish to contact the Attorney Bar Association in your state, county or city or a Legal Aid organization in your community.

Other Property Rights Organizations

There are several other non-profit organizations that focus on helping property owners defend and protect their property and civil rights. If you are looking for further assistance, here are a few that may be able to help: The Pacific Legal Foundation, The Institute for Justice, The Cato Institute, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Please check out their websites to familiarize yourself with the type of cases they handle and whether your case may be one they would have an interest in.

How to Be a Knowledgeable and Informed Property Owner

As a property owner there are many questions that you may be able to find answers to yourself with just a little effort and research. To find out what you can do to gain more knowledge about your property rights and become better equipped to defend and protect them read “How to Become a Knowledgeable and Informed Property Owner” in the Featured Article section of Landowner Resources.