A new law would extend notifications for rent increase and evictions from 60 to 90 days for Iowa's mobile home park tenants. (Photo by Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)
Mobile home park tenants will get an additional month’s notice before evictions or increases to their rent and utility fees under a new state law that was signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The law is a response to the requests of tenants who for years have sought more legal protections against rent increases and evictions as out-of-state, private equity firms have purchased the parks and, in some cases, doubled or tripled rent and utility costs with little notice. The new law increases the notification requirements from 60 days to 90.
Lobbyists for mobile home park landlords have opposed legislation that would erode their power.
Democrats in the Iowa Senate voted against the bill along party lines because it did not adequately address tenant concerns.
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