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Bills Negatively Impacting Landlords within Manufactured Housing Communities Introduced in the Iowa House and Senate - February 13, 2020

On February 12, 2020, Iowa lawmakers introduced bills in both the Iowa House and Senate (HF 2351 and SF 2238) that would negatively impact landlords of manufactured housing communities. The content of the two bills is the same--proposing numerous highly prejudicial changes for landlords under Iowa law.

Many of the proposed amendments would dramatically change the law for manufactured housing communities. Further, while the bill would only amend Iowa Code Chapter 562B (Iowa’s Manufactured Housing Community Law), many landlords fear that similar amendments may be proposed in the future for all landlords in Iowa under Iowa Code Chapter 562A (Iowa’s Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Law).

Some of the more controversial and objectionable portions of the bill include:

  • Rent control provision.
  • Elimination of a landlord’s right to choose whether to renew a tenancy. Instead, a landlord could terminate (i.e., not renew) a tenancy for good cause only.
  • Increase of the notice period for rent changes from 60 days to 180 days.
  • A provision that all landlord violations of Iowa Code Chapter 562B are considered consumer fraud.
  • Restrictions on a landlord’s right to impose utility charges.
  • Restrictions on a landlord’s right to deny applicants.
  • Additional restrictions on allowable provisions within rental agreements.

We have prepared a more detailed summary of the bill for landlords to review.

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, including its executive director-lobbyist, Joe Kelly; general counsel Jodie McDougal; lobbying team, Tim Coonan and Sydney Gangestad; and the Association Board, have been diligently working on these legislative matters since before session began and will continue to do so, as the Association expresses their opposition to these bills.

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