Mobile Home Bill Filed

I joined this group of state senators to file a bipartisan bill this week that will strengthen protections for Iowa's mobile home park residences.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators filed a bill to protect Iowans who own manufactured homes. Senate File 2238 garnered 30 Senate cosponsors—15 Republicans and 15 Democrats.

The House filed a “companion” bill (i.e., the same bill). The first public hearing on House File 2351 will be 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 in room 19.

The legislation would update Iowa Code Chapter 562B to be fairer and curb predatory practices with four changes to Iowa law:

1. Eviction: Require “good cause” for eviction.

2. Rent increases: Mandate 180-days’ notice of rent increases, limit increases to once per year and require an explanation if the increase is more than the rate of inflation.

3. Enforcement: Give the Iowa Attorney General authority to enforce the mobile home park laws under the Consumer Fraud Act.

4. Equity: Provide mobile homeowners the same protections afforded apartment renters.