COVID-19 Update for Landlords
Residential Landlords — Iowa Laws
Considering COVID-19, landlords, property managers, homeowner’s associations and others are in uncharted territory as they navigate the Fair Housing Act and Iowa landlord-tenant law. Davis Brown attorneys cover FAQs and further implications of federal and state laws.
- Does the Fair Housing Act or Iowa law cover individuals who have or had COVID-19?
- What should a landlord do if a tenant requests an accommodation or modification due to COVID-19?
- Can landlords:
- deny the applicant if they have COVID-19?
- ask applicants/tenants if they have COVID-19?
- refuse to show a leased premise to an applicant who currently has COVID-19?
- mandate tenants quarantine themselves for 14 days?
- take any action if an ill tenant does not follow CDC-recommended quarantine and uses common areas?
Navigating the Fair Housing Act and Iowa Landlord-Tenant Law during COVID-19
Federal Moratorium on Residential Evictions
In addition to Iowa laws, the CARES Act (S.3548) instituted a federal moratorium on residential evictions until at least Saturday, July 25. Davis Brown helps residential landlords and property managers with their questions about the CARES Act:
- What rental properties does it affect?
- Which types of evictions are suspended?
- Does it affect a landlord’s ability to charge late fees on unpaid rent?
- Are there imposed restrictions on landlords once the Federal Moratorium is over?
- What factors should landlords remember regarding the CARES Act?
Federal Moratorium Effect on Residential Landlords and Property Managers
Other Coronavirus/COVID-19 Legal Resources
Davis Brown regularly updates the COVID-19 legal resources page providing interpretations of guidance from administrative bodies and new laws. If you have a question about how your business can adapt, please contact your legal counsel.
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