The Iowa landlord tenant law was enacted to regulate and define the relationship between residential rental landlords and tenants. LandLordStation.com offers a variety of information about Iowa rental laws and we list some of the basic rights and responsibilities of both parties in residential lease agreements. The following is a representative list of items set by the Iowa law and is only a partial list. You can find the landlord tenant laws Iowa has enacted on the official Iowa government website. This is not legal advice, so if you have any questions or issues regarding something in particular, you should consult an attorney who is familiar with Iowa real estate law.
• Tenants must pay the rent on or before the date specified in the lease agreement.
• Tenants must take reasonable care of the property. When a tenant moves, the property must be left in the same condition that it was delivered, less normal wear and tear.
• Tenants must inform the landlord of needed repairs, in writing. It is advisable to keep a copy of the notice for your records.
• Tenants must keep noise levels down and be considerate of other renters and neighbors.
• Tenants must abide by all of the provisions of the lease agreement.
• Tenants must give notice before moving. Unless otherwise specified in the lease agreement, give a 30-day written notice before the end of your rental term.
• Landlords must comply with all health and building codes that apply to the rental property.
• Landlords must make requested repairs promptly.
• Landlords must give tenants a 24-hour written notice prior to entering the premises, except in emergencies.
• Landlords must give a 30-day written notice of any changes in a month-to-month agreement, such as rent increases.
• Landlords must abide by the provisions of the lease agreement.
• If an eviction is necessary, landlords must follow the legal (statutory) eviction process set out in Iowa Code t62A.1.01-18.
• Tenants have the right to a safe and sanitary home. Tenants should call a health or housing inspector if there is a code violation on the premises.
• Tenants have the right to privacy, peace, and quiet. Landlords must assist in obtaining relief from any circumstance that violates these conditions.
• Tenants have the right to reasonable notification if a landlord must enter the premises.Entry into the premises should be at reasonable times for repairs and inspections, with prior notifications.
• Tenants have the right to written receipts for rent and deposits paid to the landlord.
• Tenants have the right to receive notice of changes in lease terms. Tenants are entitled to 30 days written notice of any change in a month-to-month or oral rental agreement.
• Tenants have the right to have repairs made within a reasonable amount of time after they are requested in writing. A city or county may have an ordinance specifying the time that landlords have to make certain repairs.
• Tenants have the right to remain in residence until proper eviction procedures are completed. Tenants have the right to remain in the property until legally evicted by a court order. Landlords do not have the right to lock tenants out of the property.
Tenants also have rights under the Federal Fair Housing Act. You can find a list of rights on the FHA website and a guide to landlord tenant law in Iowa.
• Landlords have the right to expect tenants to perform the duties under the lease agreement, including, but not limited to, timely payment of rent.
• Landlords have the right to prompt notice from tenant if there is damage to, or repair needed on, the rental property.
• Landlords have the right to expect tenants to abide by all terms of the signed lease.
• Landlords have the right to expect tenants to provide a 30-day written notice before moving, unless the rental agreement specifies another notice period.
The items listed above are only a few of the provisions of the Iowa landlord tenant law. LandLordStation.com also offers additional information about the issues regarding residential property. This is not legal advice. Please be sure to consult with an attorney if you have questions regarding a specific question or issue.
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