PA Gov. Wolf signed legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, which provides homeowners additional funds for relocation assistance and further brings Pennsylvania’s eminent domain laws in line with federal law. Eminent domain statutes generally provide for reimbursement of relocation expenses incurred by condemnees. These amounts are in addition to other potential damages such as the value of the condemned property.
HB 1411, now Act 88 of 2015, increases the cap for damages to reestablish businesses and farms operations from $12,000 to $25,000. It also increases the cap for displaced homeowners from $27,000 to $31,000 and residential tenants from $6,300 to $7,200.