Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination

Last Updated: January 22, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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An Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for an “incurable” violation (i.e., one which the tenant isn’t allowed an opportunity to correct), such as possessing illegal drugs on the premises. The tenant must move out within three (3) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use an Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination

An Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Threatening physical harm or committing assault
  • Possession of illegal drugs
  • Illegal use of used a firearm or other deadly weapon
  • Presenting clear and present danger to the health or safety of other persons

Some types of Iowa lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

    How To Write an Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination

    To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Quit:

    1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
    2. Specify the incurable breach upon which the tenancy will terminate
    3. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
    4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
    5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
    6. Print name and sign the notice
    7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

    It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

    How To Serve an Iowa 3 Day Notice of Termination

    Iowa landlords may deliver a Notice of Termination using any of these methods:

    1. Hand delivery to the other party
    2. Hand delivery to a resident of the property over age 18 who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
    3. Posting at the entry door of the premises
    4. Delivery by both registered or certified mail AND regular mail

    To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by four (4) calendar days.

    In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.