When Keeping Your Landlord Happy Backfires

Author: 
Paul Goeringer

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

This post should not be construed as legal advice

            If you are renting farmland then part of your job is keeping the landlord happy.  Keeping the landlord happy may come in a whole host of ways, such as cleaning the driveway off after a snowstorm for an elderly landlord or paying a “bonus” in good years to control your cash rental rate from going up.  But there is always the chance that the landlord may start to expect these extras and assume the extras are now part of the lease.  When this happens trouble can ensue.  This point is highlighted by a recent Iowa Court of Appeals decision involving a tenant paying a bonus during a recent period of high prices to the landlord.

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