Iowa Rent Increase Laws

Iowa Rent Increase Laws

Last Updated: February 27, 2023 by Ashley Porter

Quick Facts Answer
Reason Needed No
Max / Limit None
Notice Requirement 30 Days

Does Iowa Have Rent Control?

No, Iowa does not have rent control laws limiting the amount that landlords may ask for rent and state law prohibits local governments from establishing their own rent control laws.

How Much Can a Landlord Raise Rent By in Iowa?

When Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Iowa?

In Iowa, landlords can raise the rent for any reason as long as they give proper notice, don’t do so during the fixed term of a lease (unless the lease allows for it), and aren’t doing so for certain discriminatory or retaliatory reasons.

When Can’t a Landlord Raise Rent in Iowa?

In Iowa, landlords cannot raise the rent during the middle of a lease’s fixed term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement), for certain discriminatory reasons (like race or age), or for certain retaliatory reasons (such as in response to a tenant requesting repairs).

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination due to:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender (including gender identity)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Nationality or origin
  • Familial status
  • Disability

Cities and towns may have additional protection from discrimination for renters, such as in Des Moines where landlords are prohibited from discriminating due to source of income. Check your local ordinance to determine if there are any housing discrimination laws.

Iowa law also prevents landlords from increasing rent in retaliation. An action by a landlord is considered retaliatory if it occurs within one year after something a tenant does. Rent increases are considered retaliatory if they are in response to a tenant:

  • Filing a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding the health or safety of the property
  • Complaining to the landlord regarding their responsibility to maintain the premises
  • Joining or organizing a tenants’ group or union

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise Rent in Iowa?

In Iowa, landlords cannot raise the rent during a lease term and must give 30 days’ written notice to increase the rent.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Iowa?

Landlords in Iowa can increase the rent as often as they wish, as long as sufficient notice is provided each time.