Rural Iowa Residents Voice Opposition to Property Code

From Iowa, KCRG reports that a crowd of a few hundred people recently attended a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting, nearly all of them rural residents opposed to a proposed property maintenance code. According to the report, the code is aimed at giving the county the power to require repairs to nuisance properties. Rural residents, particularly farmers, however, are worried it will be used to make them fix everything from windows to the plumbing on farm buildings that in many cases are at least several decades old. The issue began with residents who have complained about conditions at Regency Mobile Home Park. The article indicates Iowa state law does not allow for a code to apply only to such a community and not other owner-occupied housing. Isn’t it interesting that residents hold what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander?

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