People living in the Table Mound Mobile Home park in Dubuque say they are fighting for their rights as renters against what they are calling predatory business practices. They say rent and other fees have skyrocketed since an out of state company took over the mobile home park four years ago.
Lawyers for the state of Iowa are arguing the state’s open-records law is not a “a well-recognized public policy” and does not give job protections to employees who fulfill public information requests.
Evictions are expected to increase in Iowa after the federal moratorium on them ends Saturday. Anne Bacon, whose nonprofit IMPACT Community Action Partnership is overseeing a rental assistance program in the Des Moines area, said the group is working to distribute aid quickly to help prevent homelessness. The state has set aside $195 million to help with outstanding rent, but so far only $7.6 million of that has been distributed. The separate program in the Des Moines area has already handed out $15.2 million in aid.
An influential hog dealer sanctioned twice for defrauding pork producers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars says it has fired employees responsible for its latest violations and paid restitution to affected sellers.