From our private database of 26,900+ case briefs...
Ames Rental Property Association v. City of Ames
Supreme Court of Iowa
736 N.W.2d 255 (2007)
The City of Ames (Ames) (defendant) was the location of Iowa State University. In order to prevent large numbers of college students moving into residential areas occupied by families, Ames passed a law excluding from the definition of “family” groups of more than three unrelated persons. Therefore, no more than three unrelated people could live in a house in an area zoned for single-family dwellings. Ames Rental Property Association (ARPA) (plaintiff) was a corporation of residential real-property owners in Ames. ARPA members and their tenants were cited for violating the zoning ordinance. ARPA subsequently filed suit, requesting a judgment declaring that Ames’s legal definition of a family for the purposes of determining whether the use of a house violated the single-family dwelling zoning ordinance was contrary to the Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution and the Iowa Constitution. Ames filed a motion for summary judgment. The district court granted the motion, and ARPA appealed to the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Streit, J.)
Dissent (Wiggins, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 541,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 541,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 26,900 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.