DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY § 78B-6-505

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Just Compensation Booklet

Section 78B-6-505 of the Utah Code requires that agencies seeking to acquire private property for public uses through eminent domain must provide the property owner a complete printed copy of the following materials:

Your Guide to Just Compensation [PDF]

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This document satisfies the disclosure requirement.  An agency may print the file and present it to property owners. Printed copies are also available free of charge through the Ombudsman’s Office.

Please contact the Ombudsman’s Office for more information.

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Required Disclosures

Section 78B-6-505(1)(b) and (2)(b) also requires that a condemning agency provide property owners with the following information:

1.   A Property Owner Has the Right to Request Mediation or Arbitration Through The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

(See § 78B-6-505(1)(b)(i) and (2)(b)(ii))

The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman is an independent and neutral office to help property owners understand their rights, and also to encourage settlement of eminent domain disputes through mediation or arbitration.   A property owner has the right to request mediation or arbitration, and should contact the Ombudsman’s Office for more information.

How to Contact the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman:

Phone Numbers, Email, and Website–

Phone (801) 530-6391

Toll Free (outside of Salt Lake County):  1-877-882-4662

Fax:  (801) 530-6338

Email:  propertyrights@utah.gov

Web:  www.propertyrights.utah.gov

Mailing Address–

The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

State of Utah — Department of Commerce

PO Box 146702

Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-6702

Office Location–

Heber M. Wells Building

160 E. 300 South, 2nd Floor

Salt Lake City, Utah

Office Hours:  8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday (closed on State Holidays)

2.  Oral Representations and Promises are Not Binding

(See § 78B-6-505(1)(b)(iii) and (2)(b)(iii)) 

A condemning agency must provide a written statement that oral representations or promises made by the agency during the negotiation process are not binding.

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