Author Archive for Laura O'Leary

January Meeting

It’s not too late!  There are still seats left for our January meeting, featuring Cedar Rapids Building Services staff discussing Landlord Business Training, Inspections, Complaints and Violations, Appeals, and especially the proposed fee increase, which will affect all of us in 2018. Kevin Ciabatti, Director of Building Services, John Riggs, Housing, Zoning and Nuisance Manager, […]

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January Meeting

By now, all Cedar Rapids landlords have received your letter regarding fee increases. Even though this is the first increase in eight years, many of us have questions.  Why is this necessary? Will services change? What exactly does Building Services do when they’re not inspecting my property? Kevin Ciabatti, Director of Building Services,  John Riggs, […]

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Christmas Party and Annual Meeting

NO More Reservations! – Food Order has been Placed. Join us at 6:00 for social hour, featuring a brie and raspberry tart, snack mix, and a cash bar.  The festive holiday meal will be presented at 7:00.  This year enjoy the Marriott’s Spirit of Christmas menu which features holiday greens with dressing, pomegranate butternut pasta […]

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December Christmas Party and Annual Meeting

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DIY Repairs and Tricks of the Trade

Do I need a professional or can I fix it myself?  Running toilets, slow or plugged drains, drippy faucets, stuck garbage disposals, even a furnace or air conditioner not functioning, may be uncomplicated repairs you can perform yourself. Whether you can’t turn a screw or you are a jack-of-all-trades, you can learn from the pros […]

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October Meeting

Secure and Friendly Environments in Cedar Rapids, aka SAFE-CR, was established in 2013 as a way for our city to gain control of crime in neighborhoods and “nuisance” properties.  Now, after four full years, where do landlords stand in the fight against crime and those residents creating a bad environment for their peace loving neighbors? […]

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September Meeting

Most of you know the feeling when, after weeks of frustration, the Big Day rolls around.  Small Claims Court.  Your stomach is in knots, your renter has been living in your house or apartment free for six weeks or even longer.  Or maybe you are trying to evict for drugs or crime.  You are angry, […]

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August Meeting

Join us Thursday evening, August 10, as we explore the abundant online resources available to us as landlords.  Various “experts” from our group will help us navigate through several websites and apps, such as Iowa E-Filing, Iowa Courts Online, City and County Assessors sites, City Housing’s Registered Landlords and Registered Rental Properties, Social Security, Sex […]

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July Meeting

How many nights have you tossed and turned, worrying about a bad renter and wondering what to do?  And who likes the feeling of going to court to get a past due single parent and her children out of your property because they haven’t been able to pay the rent? Or the disruptive partier who […]

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June Meeting

Have you ever walked into Small Claims court for a simple hearing for possession to see that your tenant has a Legal Aid attorney at their side?  Suddenly, the case you thought was cut and dried turns complicated and the judge throws it out, thanks to the help of your renter’s free attorney. Jim Kringlen, […]

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