This website explains the class action settlement reached in Conroy v. Apts. Downtown, case no. LACV072840, in the Johnson County District Court. This settlement was approved by the Court on July 18, 2016 and the deadline for registering and receiving a class award payment is November 15, 2016. The settlement provides for payments to class members to settle outstanding claims with regard to the use of prohibited lease provisions in the standard lease of Apts. Downtown, a large Iowa City, Iowa rental management company. Here is the Court's Order Approving Final Settlement and the Consent Decree as entered by the Court.
Class Membership & Proposed Class Payment
If you were a tenant or subtenant of Apts. Downtown or Apts. Near Campus in Iowa City, Iowa for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 or 2013-14 lease terms you are automatically part of the class; there is no way to join the class action. Under settlement class members receive $65 for each annual lease term they were either tenants or sub-tenants. These payments are intended to compensate tenants and subtenants for possible prohibited provisions in their leases, the proposed settlement does not include other charges, like security deposit deductions for cleaning or damage, made on an individual basis. As the class settlement has been approved all class members, whether they receive notification or not, are bound by the settlement and may not make individual claims for damage due to prohibited lease provisions unless they opt out. Class members can register to begin the payment process HERE. Payments will be made after verification of eligibility. The deadline for initial registration for a class award payment is November 15, 2016.
Class members may also opt out of the class payment and exclude themselves from the class settlement HERE. Unless class members opt out, they will be bound by the settlement, even if they were not aware of the settlement.