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26-507. Same; payment of award and vesting of rights; removal of personal property; abandonment. (a) Payment of award; vesting of rights. If the plaintiff desires to continue with the proceeding as to particular tracts the plaintiff, within 30 days from the time the appraisers' report is filed, shall pay to the clerk of the district court the amount of the appraisers' award as to those particular tracts and court costs accrued to date, including appraisers' fees. Such payment shall be without prejudice to plaintiff's right to appeal from the appraisers' award. Except as provided further, upon such payment being made, the title, easement or interest appropriated in the land condemned shall thereupon immediately vest in the plaintiff, and it shall be entitled to the immediate possession of the land to the extent necessary for the purpose for which taken and consistent with the title, easement or interest condemned. If such property contains a defendant's personal property, a defendant shall have 14 days from the date such payment is made to the clerk of the district court to remove such personal property from the premises. The plaintiff shall be entitled to all the remedies provided by law for the securing of such possession. The clerk of the district court shall notify the interested parties that the appraisers' award has been paid and that the defendant shall have 14 days from the payment date to remove personal property from the premises.

(b) Abandonment. If the plaintiff does not make the payment prescribed in subsection (a) for any of the tracts described in the petition, within 30 days, from the time the appraisers' report is filed, the condemnation is abandoned as to those tracts, and judgment for costs, including the appraisers' fees together with judgment in favor of the defendant for the reasonable expenses incurred in defense of the action, shall be entered against the plaintiff. After such payment is made by the plaintiff to the clerk of the court, as provided in subsection (a), the proceedings as to those tracts for which payment has been made can only be abandoned by the mutual consent of the plaintiff and the parties interested in the award.

History: L. 1963, ch. 234, § 7; L. 2006, ch. 192, § 12; L. 2010, ch. 135, § 43; July 1.

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