Except in the rarest of circumstances, the claimant cannot collect for the loss of business value, or going concern value, or loss of profits. Damages are strictly limited to the value lost in the real estate, fixtures and equipment. [The legal philosophy underlying this concept is that you cannot recover “business” damages since the condemnor is not “taking” business — just real estate — and the government is obligated to pay only for what it takes — not what the property owner may be losing (i.e., lost profits, etc.).] Leases which speak in terms of the tenant retaining a claim for “business” or “going concern” value have no valuation significance in the process of determining just compensation.

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