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Court Ruling Finds Some Apartment Lease Provisions Illegal

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - A district court judge in Johnson County has ruled some provisions landlords put into many Iowa City leases are illegal.

That includes automatically charging for carpet cleaning when tenants' leases are up, charging for damage others caused to common areas, and that landlords cannot remove liability for injury and damage to tenants.

The Tuesday ruling was a victory for the Iowa City Tenants' Project, which files class-action lawsuits on behalf of thousands of current and former tenants. An attorney from the group, Christopher Warnock, called the decision "the new gold standard for Iowa City."

"We post these on our website... and it's very persuasive. When people take these decisions and show them to a magistrate or to a judge they find them very, very convincing," said Warnock.

Warnock said he expects the ruling will be appealed.

The size of the class, and amount of damages have yet to be determined.

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