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Legislative Priorities 2014

Legislative Priorities 2014

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For the Legislative Session of 2014, the Iowa Real Estate Investors Association (IaREIA -- representing both the Iowa Landlord Association and Two Rivers REIA) will be working closely with all Associations which represent the interests of Residential Real Estate Investors and Entrepreneurs in Iowa. The following chart is a compilation from the efforts of Legislative Committee Members of Landlords of Iowa, and Andrew Lietzow, Exec. Dir. of Iowa Landlord Association.
Summary Page of Latest Drafts This page is where we list the latest drafts of bills, legislative initiatives, and recently passed legislation. No details other than the bill language.
HF184 (f/k/a HSB9) - "The Occupancy Bill" Rental occupancy should only be based on square footage, and possibly a few other factors. (See talking points memo. compiled by Daryl Kruse). This bill had broad support last year, passing out of committee by a vote of 17-4. We have a lot of info on this bill, and why landlords should be supportive, as well as the public in general. We cannot figure out why some would be in favor of discrimination against the unrelated. Introduced by Chairperson Chip Baltimore. May be assigned to a Judiciary Sub-Committee. It's time to end this discriminatory policy. Cities can zone for density, and control noise and parking through other means.
Holding pattern on SSB 3089 - SprinklersNo sprinkler retrofits in existing dwelling units. Joe has decided that Home Builders and Realtors must lead on this bill, if it is going to be worked in 2013. We are not currently seeking sponsors for this bill, although supporting the initiative is always a good idea.
New Initiative - Fines over $750 to be considered an abuse of Municipal power. Reduce all Municipal infraction fines (unless clear and present danger caused by Owner/Manager) from Maximum $5,000 to Maximum $750 fine, 1st Offense, $2,500 second. 50% of penalties should go to an education fund. This initiative is coming out of the Central Iowa District. It is being researched and under review.
Bed Bug Initiative (HSB 520 in 2012) Under review as to viability and priority. Of particular concern to Rental Property Owners and Managers is there has been no "Safe Harbor" rule established to protect either RPO's or Residents.
Allowing RPO's to make modifications to existing Electrical, Plumbing, or HVAC installations when owner/manager has passed a competency test for small residential properties. Under review. Seeking comments and research.