Iowa Admin. Code r. 61-33.2 - Maintenance and storage of property during pendency of proceedings

The seizing agency that initiates a seizure for forfeiture must arrange for and pay costs associated with the proper care of property seized for forfeiture within the following guidelines:

(1) Motor vehicles.
a. Motor vehicles must be stored in a manner which will minimize deterioration due to lack of operation and maintenance.
b. The use of commercial towing and storage facilities is at the expense of the seizing agency. The department will not assume responsibility for such fees, whether before or after forfeiture, unless the department decides to retain ownership of the vehicle for its use instead of transferring title to the seizing agency.
(2) Cash. Where possible, a seizing agency should, in cooperation with the prosecuting attorney, secure a court order authorizing cash to be deposited in an interest-bearing account. The department will not claim any interest in income derived from such account, but the interest must be accounted for as provided by these rules.
(3) Real property.
a. Unoccupied structures of value must be equipped with alarm systems or otherwise safeguarded to protect them from unlawful entry and damage by fire. The seizing agency should consider the value of the property, the condition of existing gates and locks, and the potential threat to public safety when determining whether alarm systems or other safeguards are appropriate.
b. Real property that complies with local and state building and housing code standards at the time of seizure must be maintained to local and state building and housing code standards as well as to the standard of neighboring properties, including mowing and removal of snow as necessary. Seized property that does not comply with code standards at the time of seizure must not be allowed to degrade and should be maintained in a condition that does not present a threat to public safety.
(4) Other property. Property other than listed above shall be cared for as appropriate, giving due consideration to the nature of the property.


Iowa Admin. Code r. 61-33.2

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