Damages Definitions for Land Surveyors
damages—In eminent domain, the loss in value to the remainder in a partial taking of a property. Generally, the difference between the value of the whole property before the taking and the value of the remainder after the taking is the measure of the value of the part taken and the damages to the remainder. There are two types of damages: consequential and severance.
damages, consequential—A damage to property arising as a consequence of a taking and/or construction on other lands. In many states the owner may be compensated for damage as a consequence of a change in grade of a street which adversely affects ingress to and egress from the affected property. The owner may not be compensated for damage to business, frustration, and loss of good will which result as a consequence of a taking or construction by the government.
damages, plottage—Damages to a parcel by reason of the acquisition of such portion of it as to impair the value of the remainder because of the diminished size or resulting character of such remainder, in terms of highest or best use.
damages, severance—Loss in value of the remainder of a parcel resulting from an acquisition; indirect damages.
damages to remainder—Loss in value of the remainder of a parcel resulting from acquisition of a part of the property.
Source: NSPS “Definitions of Surveying and Related Terms“, used with permission.
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