Prop. Code Section 21.012
(a)If an entity with eminent domain authority wants to acquire real property for public use but is unable to agree with the owner of the property on the amount of damages, the entity may begin a condemnation proceeding by filing a petition in the proper court.
(b)The petition must:
(1)describe the property to be condemned;
(2)state with specificity the public use for which the entity intends to acquire the property;
(3)state the name of the owner of the property if the owner is known;
(4)state that the entity and the property owner are unable to agree on the damages;
(5)if applicable, state that the entity provided the property owner with the landowner’s bill of rights statement in accordance with Section 21.0112 (Provision of Landowner’s Bill of Rights Statement Required); and
(6)state that the entity made a bona fide offer to acquire the property from the property owner voluntarily as provided by Section 21.0113 (Bona Fide Offer Required).
(c)An entity that files a petition under this section must concurrently provide a copy of the petition to the property owner by certified mail, return receipt requested, and first class mail. If the entity has received written notice that the property owner is represented by counsel, the entity must also concurrently provide a copy of the petition to the property owner’s attorney by first class mail, commercial delivery service, fax, or e-mail.
Section 21.012 — Condemnation Petition,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PR/htm/PR.21.htm#21.012 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).