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Cyberspace warfare is real. We’re keeping vigilant.

2017 Survey - Ransomware Report

The threat is real!

We’ve heard it often during the past two years; “the Russians or some 400-lb guy on a bed somewhere” are trying to hack into US-based computers.  Yet, I wonder; “Who has actual evidence of such attempted hacks, and from where they originate?”

Have you experienced phishing, ransomware, DOS (Denial of Service) or Bruteforce attacks?  Has your rentals or RE Investing business incurred direct costs, data corruption, or loss of productivity?

Recently, we at the home office have discovered the threat is real.  I’ve posted four reports of RDP Bruteforce attempts to hack into our servers — four PDF documents which provide evidence — discovered in a routine review of an Errors and Warnings Report from the Windows 10 Pro operating system on one of our servers (we have four servers, currently, all used for different purposes).

I believe it’s time to support use of a #LegalIowaLease

The Residential Rentals Industry has evolved significantly since the enactment of the nationally recognized “Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act” of 1974(1).  In substance, the work of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, was largely adopted by the Iowa General Assembly in 1978.

For most publications of IaREIA & the Iowa Landlord Association, I prefer to use “we” as often as possible, when referencing decisions that have been either by the association or on behalf of the association.

Unfortunately for this post, which includes significant preference for using a legal lease (e.g. our Iowa Residential Rental Agreement pictured here), I must speak for myself and approximately 50% of our members.  These include those who use our “Best-in-Class in Iowa” lease, plus most who served “Forms Task Force”, our legal counsel of 25+ years and principal author of our lease, Mark V. Hanson, J.D. and one of our newest trainers for the IaREIA School of Real Estate, Christopher Warnock, J.D.

Currently, just over 27% of our membership (~= to 100 landlords and property managers) have adopted use of this lease, during the past 5 years.

As of Feb 13, 2018, two bills are winding their way through the Iowa General Assembly — HSB633 (now HF2384) and SSB3142, companion bills which originated in both chambers — recommending identical change to Iowa Code.   SSB3142 passed out of the subcommittee but with recommendation for amendment, which, unfortunately was never completed.  It died before reaching the full Senate Judiciary.

Therefore, the bill which survived the first funnel is HF2384 which currently has no amendment.   As written, it advocates Landlords should be allowed to include illegal provisions in their lease as long as those provisions are not enforced.

Day on the Hill 2018

Today, February 6, 2018, is our Landlords and RE Investors Day on the Hill!   The agenda includes fea

tured guest legislators, starting shortly after 8:00AM and running until 11:00; review of current bills at the Capitol (there are at least five that need our support, attending a Subcommittee meeting (HF2001 – 12:30pm RE: Assistance Animals, House Lounge) and a Full Commerce Cmte, 1:00 PM RM 103, Sup. Ct. Chamber w/HSB596 on the agenda), our lobbyists, and the opportunity to be with some of the best landlords and RE Investors in the State of Iowa.

If that includes you, whether you are a member (we help you become one!) or only a stakeholder, feel free to join us in Room 304.  And we have ordered up the perfect Iowa weather for this event — it will be so cold you won’t want to do anything else!

Hope you can join us!   ACL

 

Our 150-Legislative District Strategy & Year End Wishes

Our 150-Legislative District Strategy is sprouting wings!   We’ve made tremendous strides forward in 2017; we’ve 10-X’ed our database from 850 to over 10,000 stakeholders.  Your staff has invested 100’s of hours and thousands of dollars to install a server to host our CRM (Act!), then make it accessible from any browser;  we’ve populated files then begun the never ending task of ensuring accuracy, and matching our industry stakeholders with their Senator and Representative — one  address at a time (cross-referenced with the Legislator lookup tool).

It’s been a five year dream and a very ambitious undertaking, yet we’re finally making serious headway.  National REIA invited several leaders to the National Apartment Association Advocacy conference in Washington D.C., in March of 2017.  Your Executive Director, the only attendee from Iowa, became inspired by a presentation by Bradford Fitch, a featured speaker.

In preparation for our Expo, we invited Bradford to address our attendees.

Congressional Management Foundation – Click image for 5-min Video Focusing on the Importance Role Constituents Play as Legislation is passed

Our recruiting effort has just begun, yet you don’t have to wait for our call  to become a volunteer “District Captain”.  Just let us know if you’re available for 2-8 hours during the Legislative Session, to serve the industry as an advocate.

The time commitment is an estimate, yet when we send a “Call to Action” we are positioning to become more proactive than we have ever been.  We need hundreds, and no time contribution is too small, nor too large!

Countdown to Iowa REI Expo 2017!

Our Iowa REI Expo 2017 is scheduled for October 26, 27, and 28. The first two days are primarily for Landlords and Property Managers, while from Friday evening until Saturday at 6:00, we’re focused on the Real Estate Entrepreneurs. We have two events this year which are free and open to the public — Mr. Landlord Jeffrey Taylor at 7:00PM on Thursday, and Brittney Calloway at 7:00PM on Friday. All other events are included with your registration fee.  You can register for the event, and get full information at www.JumpStartRealEstate.com. This event, from start to finish, is designed to give our attendees tremendous value in each and every session! Check it out, get your questions answered, then — scoot on over to the link and get registered before the early bird discounts are gone!!! By registering online, you can use coupon code <37 years> if registering for the full event.