Condemnation Blight Law and Legal Definition

Condemnation blight refers to an action that is brought by a property owner for compensation from a governmental entity that has taken the owner’s property without bringing formal condemnation proceedings. Condemnation blight brings a debilitating effect upon value of a threatened, imminent or potential condemnation. In cases where true condemnation blight is present, a claimant may introduce evidence of value prior to the onslaught of the affirmative value-depressing acts of the public authority. In addition, compensation will be based on the value of the property for the purpose of debilitating threat of condemnation. [Long Island Lighting Co. v. Assessor for Brookhaven, 246 A.D.2d 156 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dep't 1998)].