Iowa Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: April 27, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Iowa state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Iowa landlords must provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Iowa state landlords may charge up to $30 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A landlord may not increase rent during a lease. When seeking to increase the rent of a tenant who is renting without the benefit of a written lease, he/she must provide the appropriate amount of notice. (Iowa Code § 562A).

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

It is illegal for a landlord to raise the rent of a tenant in retaliation for exercising his/her rights. A landlord cannot increase rent within a year of a complaint. (Iowa Code § 562A.13)

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for an Iowa landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

Iowa doesn’t legislate the amount a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A landlord must provide 30-Day’s Notice when raising rent on a month-to-month tenant. (Iowa Code § 562A.13(5))

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Iowa does not regulate how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Late fees are determined according to the amount of rent paid. For rent up to $700, a landlord may charge up to $12 a day with a maximum of $60. For rent over $700, a landlord may charge up to $20 a day in late fees for a maximum of $100. (Iowa Code § 562A.9.(3))

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

An Iowa landlord may charge up to $30 for a bounced check.

Cities in the State with Rent Control

Iowa legislation preempts rent control.