All states, including Iowa, are mandated by Federal law to include specific uniform requirements in all rental and lease agreements. For instance, all agreements should include the following:
- The personal and identifying information of both the tenant and landlord,
- A description of the premises being leased,
- Pet and smoking allowances or prohibitions,
- Specific health and safety disclosures,
- Security deposit specifics, including the amount of the deposit and conditions for returning it,
- Rent details, such as when and how it should be paid.
In addition, to ensure your lease agreement is legally binding, familiarize yourself with the Iowa laws and requirements below.
1. Iowa Residential Lease Agreement Sample
The Iowa Residential Lease Agreement Template below defines all necessary lease agreement terms.
2. Iowa Landlord and Tenant Laws
Iowa imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a lease or rental agreement. For example, Iowa statutes provide for the following:
- Iowa landlords can request up to two (2) months’ rent as a security deposit. (§§ 562A.12(1))
- Security deposits shall also not be commingled with a landlord’s funds. (§§ 562A.12(2))
Landlord Right of Entry
- Iowa landlords are required to give tenants twenty-four (24) hour notice before entering the premises and must only enter the premises during “reasonable hours.” (§§ 562A.19(3))
- In emergencies, landlords are allowed to enter the property without first giving notice. (§§ 562A.19(1))