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Get the lawn mower moving! Avoid fines and fees in Iowa City

Get the lawn mower moving!
Avoid fines and fees in Iowa City

News release from the City of Iowa City, May 17th, 2018.

It’s time to get the mower going! Homeowners and renters are reminded to cut grass and weeds before they exceed 10 inches. The public right-of-way next to homes should also be maintained and plants should be trimmed so they do not obstruct sidewalks.

Renters should check their leases to see if yard work has been transferred to them.

People who do not properly maintain these areas face fines.

Video Clip of Iowa City’s Mowing

If the City receives a grass complaint, an inspector will check the property and, if warranted, will send a letter to the property owner explaining that they have one week to mow. If the grass is not cut by the eighth day, an outside contractor will be hired to mow. Fees are upwards of $100.

Reporting properties 

Residents who wish to report a problem property can contact the City of Iowa City:

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app by searching GoRequest where you get your apps
  • Visit www.icgov.org/ICgovXpress, and submit a complaint through a web browser
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being inspected by staff due to public complaints.

For more information, visit www.icgov.org/propertymanagement.

Making the Move in August!!

Making the Move in August!!

Moving from your K-REM rental may seem like a daunting task, but you need to get your apartment in order before you  checkout.

Did you return your check-in list after you moved in?

Okay, be honest – has there been any damage to the apartment that you did? If so, sorry to say, you ARE responsible for the repair(s). Even if you are “responsible” for the repairs doesn’t mean you can get your tool-kit out and start fixing. K-rem will want the repairs done by our maintenance team or professionally. (more…)

Severe Weather in Iowa

The information below is from the City of Coralville website:

Johnson County Siren Guidelines
The storm warning sirens are an outdoor warning system, designed to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.

Under the Johnson County outdoor warning system guidelines, sirens are sounded for:

  • Tornadoes: Tornado warnings, either Doppler radar-indicated or reported by a trained spotter.
  • Wind: Severe thunderstorm warnings with winds of 70 mph or greater (potential for whole trees to snap or uproot).
  • Hail: 1.75 inch (golf ball-sized) or larger (potential for windows to break)

What to Do When a Siren Sounds (more…)

Starting Your Air Conditioner

Starting Your Air Conditioner

If you have lived in Iowa any amount of time, you’ll know the weather changes every 5 minutes and this April is no exception. Usually we have 80-degree temperatures by now, but unfortunately, not this year – brrrrr!

It will start warming up and we will need to start running the air conditioning (I promise it will be warmer by June). However, before you start running your air when it’s really hot, please try running it when the temperature goes above 60 degrees. If you notice anything wrong with your air conditioning, let us know right away and we’ll get it taken care of before it starts getting really hot (and it will). (more…)

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…)

SERVICE DOG/ASSISTANCE ANIMAL BILL INTRODUCED

SERVICE DOG/ASSISTANCE ANIMAL BILL INTRODUCED

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…)