Hurricane Harvey Real Estate Litigation

Hurricane Harvey Real Estate Litigation

Every property owner has rights that are protected under the law. However, these rights can become magnets for litigation due to the high amounts in dispute. Additionally, the tensions involved in real estate litigation can be immediately escalated and cause a great deal of stress, such as when a simple contractual dispute suddenly involves an injunction, lien or a notice of foreclosure.

As a property owner, it’s important to defend your rights.  Some of these rights include:

  • The right to protect your property,
  • The right to use your property,
  • The right to enjoy your property free of nuisances,
  • The right to defend your property from condemnation,
  • The right to enjoy easements,
  • The right to enforce deed restrictions, and
  • The right to protect against waste.

At Matias Adrogue PLLC we have decades of experience in handling real estate disputes and protecting property owners.


Dam Victims:

Hurricane Harvey brought the residents of Houston and its surrounding areas to their knees, flooding their homes and crippling vital infrastructure. While Harvey might be the most expensive hurricane to ever make landfall, nothing can destroy the strength, or resolve of the people who call this area home. We have close friends who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted.

Many residents who were fortunate to survive Hurricane Harvey and its torrential downpour, only later faced flooding from the intentional dam releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. As we start to rebuild, it’s important to consider whether your constitutional rights have been violated.

Your Constitutional Rights: No person shall be deprived of property without just compensation

The 5th amendment states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The 5th amendment “Takings Clause” was included in the bill of rights because the founding fathers wanted to prevent the government from using its power to force individuals to pay for the full costs of things that rightly benefit the public as a whole. The controlled dam releases of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs were done to avoid “a greater impact on the surrounding communities” which flooded some homeowners and businesses to protect other people and property.

In the typical eminent domain scenario, the government takes direct action to acquire private property by negotiating a purchase or initiating condemnation proceedings. However, the government might take or damage property without paying fair compensation, even through legislation. Inverse condemnation occurs when the government takes private property for a public use without going through the required process or proceeding. Those homeowners and businesses flooded by the dam release of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs have been deprived their property by the government for the public benefit. These victims are entitled to just compensation under the law.

How do you know if you have a claim?

1 – If your home was flooded by water from the Addicts or Barker reservoirs; and

2 – You do not have flood insurance;

Then it’s likely that you have cause of action against the government.

What should I do now?

If you believe you were the victim of the Addicks or Barker reservoir dam releases, contact our office to discuss your case with no cost or obligation to you. We are offering reduced fees for Hurricane Harvey claims.

If you are a reservoir victim, contact our office right away to discuss reduced fees for Hurricane Harvey claims.

We will discuss your case with no cost or obligation to you and promise to do everything within our power to ensure that those responsible for your damages are held accountable.To contact us, you can email us at  or call us at 713-425-7270.