Meeting Public Comments

Subcommittee meeting and times are as follows:
A bill for an act relating to the perfection of mechanics’ liens and mechanics’ liens remedies.(See HF 561.)
Subcommittee members: Gustafson-CH, Bohannan, Salmon
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: House Lounge #1
Names and comments are public records. Remaining information is considered a confidential record.
Comments Submitted:

Jay Iverson [HBA of Iowa]
The bill would amend Iowa Code 572.8 to allow a mechanics lien involving a realty covering multiple counties to be posted once on the centralized, digital MNLR system and indexed on all applicable counties, thereby eliminating the current practice of attorneys posting duplicative liensone for each county.The bill would also amend Iowa Code 572.32 to provide statutory certainty on the recovery of attorney fees by prevailing claimants in mechanic's lien actions where the lien is discharged by a bond, as there is a disagreement among district courts in this regard. This amendment expressly allows for recovery of attorney fees by prevailing contractors in all mechanic's lien actions, including where liens are discharged by bond.The Home Builders Association of Iowa is strongly in favor of the passage of this bill and it will help our contractor members. We are aware of software challenges during the implementation, but I think that those concerns have been addressed with those organizations.