Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide

Landowners are faced with many questions, decisions and opportunities concerning their land.  Many of the issues that arise have a legal dimension. The Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide aims to provide landowners with information and answers that protect it for the future and identify the responsibilities of landowners. The guide answers frequently asked questions and provides contact information for the agencies, organizations and professionals who can help landowners meet their goals. Included on this page are the first six chapters of the guide, video narratives, and accompanying videos.

The Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide is the most recent of many legal guides written by Prof. Neil Hamilton to help farmers and landowners more successful in their practices.

First Chapters of the Guide

Chapter One – Introduction

Chapter Two – Basics of Being a Landowner

Chapter Three – Practical Advice

Chapter Four – Fences

Chapter Five – Drainage Law

Chapter Six–Nuisance Law


Accompanying Video Narrative: Ten Points to Understand About How to Use the Landowner’s Legal Guide

Accompanying Video Narrative: Principle Property Law

Accompanying Video Narrative: Basics of Being a Landowner

Accompanying Video Narrative: Ten Things to Know About Joint Tenancy and Tenants in Common




Accompanying Video Narrative: 10 Things to Know About Iowa Land Use Law


Accompanying Video Narrative: Ten Points to Understand About Environmental Law