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Iowa Supreme Court Hands Down Decisions in Two Iowa City Residential Landlord-Tenant Cases - June 1, 2017

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. Both sides have appeared to claim victory from the decisions, and, while Iowa landlords can glean more clarity from the decisions in many respects, landlords are necessarily left with some uncertainty in other respects. Read More »


Protect Your Business from Risks Involving Your Subcontractors - June 1, 2017

General contractors and builders face a unique situation when it comes to risk management. They are legally responsible to owners for the actions and omissions of their subcontractors. Thus, as you work on projects and hire subcontractors to perform work, you want to make sure you are taking the right steps to protect yourself and your business. Iowa's Statute of Repose law impacts how long builders and general contractors are liable for defects. This law was updated in the 2017 legislative session and a summary of the change is available. Read More »


Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees - May 16, 2017

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation, all of a founder's personal assets would be at risk to creditors of the business, but with the separation and absent other factors, creditors of the business can only look to a business's assets to satisfy its debts. Read More »


Governor Branstad Signs Two Bills Favorable to Iowa Residential Landlords - April 25, 2017

On Friday, April 21, 2017, Governor Branstad signed two bills into law that are favorable to Iowa residential landlords -- one, HF134, concerns occupancy regulations, and the second, HF146, concerns evictions. Read More »


Statute of Repose Bill Signed Into Law - April 18, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the Governor signed SF413 into law, which is a law reducing the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. This is great news for the Iowa construction industry. Read More »


Mechanic's Lien Bill Signed Into Law - April 18, 2017

On April 7, 2017, the Governor signed House File 586 into law. The law takes effect on July 1, 2017. The law expands the category of residential contractors who are required to file the pre-lien notice termed the "Commencement of Work" Notice (or C.O.W. Notice) in order to preserve their mechanic's lien rights on a residential construction project. Read More »


Iowa Legislature Changes Mechanic's Lien Law - April 7, 2017

Iowa House and Senate pass bill expanding who is required to file Commencement of Work notice. The bill is now waiting on the Governor's signature. Read More »


Statute of Repose Bill Passes House of Representatives - March 22, 2017

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. Read More »


Iowa Senate Passes Bill Reducing Statute of Repose - Bill Now Under Discussion in the House - March 13, 2017

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). Read More »


Homeowner's Association Bill Dies During First Funnel Week - March 8, 2017

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 Interest Ownership Act" (the "Act"). Read More »


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