The least amount payable to the dispossessed owner is the market value of the land taken. If only a small part is taken for example, a corner splay, the amount payable may be a nominal amount for "blot on title". This is compensation for an "impaired title" rather than the physical effect on the land use. That is, a potential purchaser will pay less for a property affected by the resumption process than he/she would pay for an otherwise identical title, without any "blots".

If a new easement is created over land already subject to an easement, compensation is still payable as the "blot" is now worse.