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Public Recycling Drop-off at Benton St. Location Closed until Further Notice

Public Recycling Drop-off at Benton St.
Location Closed until Further Notice

Republic Services, the City of Iowa City’s contracted recycling processing company, experienced a fire in a portion of their facility on Friday, February 16. This has impacted their ability to process their normal volume of materials. Due to that, the public drop-off site located on Benton St. will remain closed until further notice. (more…)

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms

Luckily, there were no fatalities in this recent fire in Coralville. 38% of home fire deaths result from fires where there is no fire alarms (or non-working  alarms) present? The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when there are working alarms in the building.

Your apartment and building has the regulated number of alarms installed. If you remove the batteries from your smoke and/or detectors in your apartment or take the detectors  down completely, you may be charged with a simple misdemeanor. (more…)

Where Will You Live?

Where Will You Live?

Recently one of the buildings we manage suffered extensive water damage from an interior water main break. All 4 units on the lower level were flooded, had to be vacated and their leases terminated. K-REM returned the deposits, any pre-paid rent and pro-rated the rent for the month. However, all 4 of these tenants lost their personal possessions to water damage. The water came in very fast and there was very little time to retrieve possessions.

Of the 4 tenants who lived on the lower level, one had renters insurance, one was able to use their parents’ insurance to cover their loss, but two uninsured tenants were literally out on the streets. These two would have to cover their own expenses while looking for new places to live and replace lost items.. In other words,they took a major (and avoidable) financial hit. If this was you, would you have the money to cover a loss?  (more…)

What’s Going on at the State House??

Iowa Legislative Update

From Joe Kelly, Lobbyist for the Landlords of Iowa

As many of you know, the first funnel, or deadline date, has come for the Iowa legislature. Listed below are the bills which are still eligible for debate that we have an interest in.  We are registered in favor of all these bills except  SF 42.  We are registered as undecided on SF 42.

HF 2384

A bill for an act relating to unenforceable provisions in rental agreements. (Formerly HSB 633.)

HF 2384 was introduced by the Iowa Apartment Alliance.  It seeks to revise the Iowa Supreme Court decision on the meaning of “using” an illegal provision in a lease. Landlords are currently negotiation with the Iowa Bar  Association and the Attorney General on language. (more…)



House File 2001, sponsored by state representative Sandy Salmon (R) of Janesville, was recently introduced in the Iowa
Legislature.  This file calls for remedies for landlords to remove dogs and animals from rental properties which are
misrepresented as service dogs or assistance animals.

What constitutes a service dog or assistance animal? (more…)

How much water usage do YOU use?

How much water usage do YOU use?

You use it every day – multiple times a day …. Turn on a faucet, take a shower, flush a toilet – even wash a load of laundry. Your using water. How much water is normal and how much water usage is too high?

The average person uses 200 cubic feet per month. Each cubic foot of water equals 7.48 gallons; which averages to around 1,496.1 gallons per month per person or almost 50 gallons of water per person per day. That seems an awful lot, doesn’t it?

If you bathe in a tub once a day, that’s about 36 gallons of water; a 10-minute shower uses 20 gallons of water.  (more…)

North Liberty Real Estate & Rental Market

The Iowa City and surrounding area has always been a robust market. However, “ticks” in the market may show a trend that may be fleeting or a sign of things to come. We intend to analyse the market trends to keep you informed of what is happening in the local real estate market.

One “tick” that happened a few years ago was was when the Iowa City Community School District set out to reset boundary lines for the elementary school districts which  would eventually change the Secondary Schools attendance areas. (more…)