Jodie Clark McDougal

Jodie Clark McDougal

Davis Brown Law Firm

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HUD’s Newly Published Guidelines and Warnings Regarding a Landlord’s Use of Criminal Records in Screening Potential Tenants

This article provides information in response to various questions that I (Jodie McDougal) have received over the past several months regarding the April 4, 2016, Memorandum (the “Memorandum”) published by the U.S. Department...more

8/19/2016 - Criminal Records Discrimination Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Landlords New Guidance Personal Liability Tenants

Iowa’s Highest Court Enters First Decision on Certain Landlord-Tenant Issues Raised in 2013 Staley Case: Landlords Must Take Note...

As most landlords are aware, in 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v Barkalow case, which involved a group of tenants who sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements....more

5/18/2016 - Actual Damages Attorney's Fees IA Supreme Court Landlords Residential Leases Security Deposits Tenants Unenforceable Contract Terms

Iowa Court of Appeals Rejects Argument to Impose Implied Warranty upon Land Developers

On April 16, 2014, land developers and sellers breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a purchaser of a residential building lot cannot sue the land developer for perceived deficiencies with the...more

6/17/2014 - Appeals Construction Contracts Construction Disputes Construction Litigation Construction Site General Contractors Real Estate Development

Dealing with Abandoned Mobile Homes Without Utilizing the Courts: The 60-Day Election by a Landlord

Many times, landlords of manufactured housing communities utilize the courts when dealing with tenants they want to evict and abandoned mobile homes. However, there is an alternative method to deal with abandoned mobile homes...more

1/20/2014 - Abandoned Property Eviction Landlords Mobile Homes

Questionable Provisions Included in Residential Leases: Landlords Must be on Alert After the Staley v. Barkalow Case

In May of 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v. Barkalow case, which involved a group of various tenants who affirmatively sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements. It...more

1/13/2014 - Landlords Residential Leases Tenants

Service Dogs And Emotional Support Animals: Man's Best Friend Becomes A Landlord's Biggest Headache

Landlords in Iowa and elsewhere have been facing, with increasing frequency, difficult questions regarding man’s best friend. While landlords must analyze each request by an existing or prospective tenant regarding the need...more

1/6/2014 - Dog Attacks Dogs Landlords Tenants

Trading in the Handshake for a Well-Written Contract

In thinking about the article I would write for the September issue of Blueprint, my thoughts quickly turned to September’s Tour of Remodeled Homes and all of the great remodelers in the HBA....more

8/26/2013 - Contract Drafting Contract Formation

Health Law Blog: Landmark Decision for the Iowa Nursing Practice

In a landmark decision for the Iowa Nursing practice, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion on May 31, 2013 finding that the Iowa Board of Nursing, and not medical organizations, had the authority to define the scope of...more

6/4/2013 - Credentialing Health Care Providers Nurses

Tax Law Blog: Iowa Trust Industry Breathes a Sigh of Relief after the Supreme Court's Reversal in Trimble

On January 25, 2013, trustees around the state breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Supreme Court reversed the district court’s controversial decision in the trust case of In the matter of Trust #T-1 of Mary Fay Trimble....more

1/31/2013 - Abuse of Discretion Beneficiaries Fiduciary Duty Personal Liability Revocable Trusts Settlors Trust Accounting Trustees

Five Things You Need To Know About Iowa's New Mechanic's Lien Law

In This Issue: 1. New Online Filing System. 2. The Two Relevant Categories of Residential Construction Companies. 3. Two Notice Requirements for Residential General Contractors. 4. One Notice...more

1/30/2013 - Contractors Mechanics Lien Notice Requirements Subcontractors

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