H. B. 2030

          (By Delegate Azinger)
          [Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §54-1-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to a commercial property owner's election to have his or her property appraised by an appraiser who has been certified by the Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) after an offer has been made to purchase property but before condemnation proceedings are initiated.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §54-1-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§54-1-2a. Notice; good faith purchase; election by commercial __property owners for appraisal.
(a) Prior to initiation of any a condemnation proceeding pursuant to slum and blight, the applicant must make a reasonable attempt to notify all parties subject to a petition for condemnation provided in section two of this article and shall attempt to enter into negotiations for purchase of the property with the owners. The applicant shall make an offer in good faith for the purchase of the property subject to the condemnation prior to initiation of the condemnation proceeding.
     (b) After receiving notification from the applicant under subsection (a) of this section, an owner of commercial property may elect to have his or her property appraised prior to the initiation of a condemnation proceeding, at the property owner's expense, by an appraiser certified by a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) for the purpose of aiding negotiations. If a commercial property owner makes this election, the applicant shall delay the initiation of condemnation proceedings for a reasonable period of time to allow for the MAI appraisal.

     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a commercial property owner, whose property may be subjected to condemnation proceedings, the ability to have the subject property appraised by an MAI appraisal prior to the initiation of proceedings.

     Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.