Rent Increases & Fees in Iowa

Rent Increases & Fees in Iowa

Last Updated: April 27, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Iowa, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by IA Code § 364.3. This state preempts rent control. This law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it (with proper notice).

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases 30 Days
Max. Late Fee $12 per day and a maximum of $60 or $20 per day and a maximum of $100
Max. Bounced Check Fee $30

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Iowa?

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 in Iowa?

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 in Iowa?

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

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Iowa?

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 in Iowa?

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

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Iowa

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 in Iowa

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

Iowa Cities With Rent Control

Iowa legislation preempts rent control.