Iowa’s Mechanics Lien

In Iowa , liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic’s Liens. When an Iowa mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. Iowa construction liens do not attach to […]

Iowa Proposes New Rules for Residential Contracts

At the end of last week the Iowa Senate passed an insurance industry bill purporting to protect homeowners. The Iowa Senate Bill SF466 is in response to “unscrupulous residential contractors” nicknamed “storm chasers that chase major storms from state to state in order to perform repairs on homeowners that suffer damage as a result of […]

Iowa Mechanics Lien 2011 Caselaw Roundup

In 2011, a few Iowa appellate decisions were decided involving Iowa mechanic’s liens. A synopsis of those holdings are below .  American Disaster Serv. v. Wagner (Iowa App. 2011): The Contractor prevailed against a homeowner. The district court enforced the contractor’s mechanic’s lien regarding work performed to remedy fire damage to a house. The court rejected the […]