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IaREIA - Iowa Landlord Association Conference in Council Bluffs - Oct 16-18

Senator Gronstal, Majority Leader of the Iowa Senate — Speaks at the IaREIA – Iowa Landlord Association Conference in Council Bluffs – Oct 16-18

On our first evening of our Fall Educational Conference 2014 in Council Bluffs, Senator Gronstal spent significant time with real estate investor leaders in Iowa.  He fielded questions about, 1) legislative priorities2) term limits, and 3) a brief discussion of eFiling services for members a complaint filed about the “Unauthorized Practice of Law”.

Sen. Gronstal felt very relaxed with our group.  He reminded us of the importance of building relationships with our Senators and Representatives, whether seasoned incumbents or brand new this next session.

The value of having contacts with a great deal of experience in public office was evident.   He left with a reminder that our Senators and Representatives need to hear from us because we are their best industry contacts.  We’re the most informed, continually sharping our skill set with education, and vigilant in building positive relationships which is beneficial for our industry constituents in Iowa and Nebraska, too!

Occupancy Bill is a “Property Rights” Issue for RPO’s

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Please do not ignore! If you receive one of these, we hope that you will 1) send an email message, and 2) call.

Rental Property Owners (RPO’s)  expect that when they buy an income property they would be entitled to all of the benefits that personal property rights entail, based on a fair and balanced system for allowable occupancy (as in the IPMC).   This is not the case in a few municipalities in Iowa.  HF184 seeks to change this.

As of this writing, HF184 has been gaining considerable, positive momentum for passage, yet RPO’s and Property Managers can take nothing for granted.  Review these talking points, then call if they serve on the House Judiciary Committee or the Senate State Government Committee and ask them to support HF184.   Also, please plan to join us for our Landlords Day on the Hill, Feb 5th.  Block off  from 10 – 1:30 for sure, but hopefully attendees can spend the whole day with us — from 8:30 AM in Room 304 to 2:30-5:00 at Quentin’s Bar and Deli, 506 E Grand Ave.

We will be sending “Calls to Action” specifically to those members whose legislator serves on these committees.   Please do take action when the messages arrive.

Iowa GA begins 2014 Session & The Mission of the IARPO-PAC Fund

In Iowa, the General Assembly convenes on the 2nd Monday in January, and the targeted durationJoe Kelly, Speaker Kraig Paulsen, Andrew Lietzow of each session is 100 days.    Every year, 152 elected officials who serve the State – 50 Senators, 100 Representatives, a Lt. Governor, and the Governor – convene and execute the business of State Governance.   It’s a wonder to behold.

For Rental Property Owners, Property Managers, and Real Estate Entrepreneurs, we typically meet for a formal “Day on the Hill” event each year — Scheduled this year, on Feb 5, 2014 — to contact our elected officials regarding issues of importance to two industries — the residential rental property industry and that of real estate entrepreneurs, and stakeholders in those industries.

Fair Housing Resource Center v. Gary & Helen Grybosky (Ohio case)

NREIA-Welcome Our first presenter at the National REIA Chapter Training here in Cincy was Kevin Coughlin, AIR MORE UPTEMPO a veteran legislator, Los Angeles Clippers now forced out by the two term limit for Ohio Senators (of which, nike tn 2017 homme there are only 33). Montana Murphy Jersey The discussion focused on the need for lobbying, Nike Pas Cher with the example of a case being litigated here in Ohio, Air Max Flyknit Mujer about Fair Housing Testing – “Helen Grybosky vs. Fair Housing Resource Center”, Nike Baratas an interesting 5-year long case. UA Clutchfit Drive II The website for Kevin Coughlin is www.lexingtoncos.com. C.J. Wilson Jersey (This particular photo features Scott Whaley, NIKE ROSHE LD-1000 QS incoming President of National REIA,

Iowa Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee votes 3-0 On HF 495

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In a vote showing strong momentum for a more balanced Iowa Uniform Landlord Tenant Law, the Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee voted 3-0 today (April 1), to send the bill onto the full Senate Judiciary Committee  …  and we’re not foolin’!

To make it to floor debate this 2013 session, the full SJC must vote it out of committee by Friday, April 5th.

If you have not already, time to encourage your IA Senator to support the bill.