Small Claims Assistance
The Iowa City Tenants' Project is committed to tenants' rights and to fair play for both tenants and landlords. The Tenants' Project seeks to educate tenants and landlords about their legal rights and responsibilities and to empower tenants to vindicate their rights in court. Currently good tenants suffer from bad landlords and good landlords suffer from bad tenants. We want to see both landlords and tenants follow the law and get a fair shake!
The Tenants Project began by supporting two class actions filed by Iowa City attorneys Christine Boyer and Christopher Warnock as the first step in changing the rental culture in Iowa City. The first class action was against Apts. Downtown, Inc. aka Apartments Downtown, Apartments Near Campus, AUR, etc., a very large property management company, owned by the Clark family, based in Iowa City, Iowa and focusing on rentals to University of Iowa students. Here are details on the Clark Family/Apts Downtown class action including pleadings, orders and news stories.
The second class action was against Tracy Barkalow aka TSB Holdings and Big Ten Property Management, a residential landlord also based in Iowa City, Iowa. Here are details on the Barkalow class action including pleadings, orders and news stories. Class certification was denied in the Johnson County District Court on May 17, 2012, but an appeal is pending.
The Tenants Project is also working on means to assist tenants with small claims actions. The first is our Small Claims Campaign Don't let your landlord take advantage of you, fight back! Go to our extensive Small Claims Assistance pages for forms, pleadings and instructions for easy self representation.
The Tenants Project is also interested in talking to tenants of Martin Gaffey & Gaffey Properties after Gaffey's lease was found to be illegal and/or unconscionable.
As part of its assistance to attorneys and community outreach the Tenants' Project offers free CLE, continuing legal education, for local attorneys. Here is further information on CLE
Please contact Tenants Project Chief Counsel Christopher Warnock at email@example.com or at (319) 358-9213 for further information.