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Don’t Judge an Insurance Policy by its Cover

Whether you are a developer, builder, design professional, subcontractor, or supplier, one of the most important aspects of risk management is ensuring both you, and any entities with whom you contract, have good insurance....more

Iowa Supreme Court Hands Down Decisions in Two Iowa City Residential Landlord-Tenant Cases

On May 19, 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down decisions in two highly publicized Iowa City cases in which tenants had brought suit against their landlords - Kline v. Southgate Property Management and Walton v. Gaffey....more

A Forgotten Tool for Commercial Landlords - Statutory Landlord’s Liens

The laws of Iowa give commercial property lessors/landlords an often forgotten tool to use when a tenant owes rent and other monthly lease expenses defined as “rent” under the lease agreement. This tool is called a statutory...more

Iowa Legislature Changes Mechanic's Lien Law

On March 30, 2017, the Iowa Senate passed House File 586. This legislation included a provision expanding the category of residential general contractors who are required to timely file a "Commencement of Work" Notice (or...more

Statute of Repose Bill Passes House of Representatives

On Tuesday, March 21, the Iowa House passed House File 3 (HF3), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. The bill is now on to Governor Branstad....more

Iowa Senate Passes Bill Reducing Statute of Repose

On Wednesday, March 8, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 413 (SF413), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. This bill is now under discussion in the Iowa House (HF3)....more

Homeowner's Association Bill Dies During First Funnel Week

As you may know, earlier this year a bill was introduced at the Iowa legislature that included proposed changes to the law applicable to homeowner’s associations. The bill, House File 158, was entitled the “Iowa Common...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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