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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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