An Iowa 30 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a month-to-month lease, a tenancy of longer than month-to-month or for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly. The letter is provided to either party at least thirty (30) calendar days before the termination date.
When to Use an Iowa 30 Day Notice to Vacate
A landlord or a tenant may use an Iowa 30-Day Notice to Vacate to end a month-to-month arrangement in accordance with state law. This notice may also be used for tenants that do not have a written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease. In addition, this lease termination letter may be provided to either party to terminate a tenancy of longer than month-to-month.
How to Write an Iowa 30 Day Notice to Vacate
For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:
- State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
- Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
- Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
- For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
- Sign the notice and print your name.
- For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
- Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.
Without this information on the lease termination notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.
How to Serve an Iowa 30 Day Notice to Vacate
A landlord or a tenant may deliver lease termination notices in Iowa using any of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the other party in person;
- Handing the notice to a person who can accept the legal letter on behalf of the other party;
- Mailing the notice by regular and certified mail with a return receipt.
When sending the notice by regular and certified mail, add four (4) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.
- 1 IA Code § 562A.34
The landlord or the tenant may terminate a month-to-month tenancy by a written notice given to the other at least thirty days prior to the periodic rental date specified in the notice.
The landlord or the tenant may terminate a tenancy having a term longer than month-to-month by a written notice given to the other at least thirty days prior to the end of the first or subsequent term of the tenancy specified in the notice.Source Link
- 2 IA Code § 562A.8
Notices required under this chapter, except those notices identified in section 562A.29A, shall be served as follows:
a. A landlord shall serve notice on a tenant by one or more of the following methods:
(1) Hand delivery to the tenant.
(2) Delivery evidenced by an acknowledgment of delivery that is signed and dated by a resident of the dwelling unit who is at least eighteen years of age. Delivery under this subparagraph shall be deemed to provide notice to all tenants of the dwelling unit.
(3) Personal service pursuant to
rule of civil procedure 1.305, Iowa court rules
, for the personal service of original notice.
(4) Mailing by both regular mail and certified mail, as defined in section 618.15, to the address of the dwelling unit or to an address provided by the tenant for mailing.
(5) Posting on the primary entrance door of the dwelling unit. A notice posted according to this subparagraph shall be posted within the applicable time period for serving notice and shall include the date the notice was posted.
(6) A method of providing notice that results in the notice actually being received by the tenant.Source Link
- 3 IA Code § 562A.8
Notice served by mail under this section is deemed completed four days after the notice is deposited in the mail and postmarked for delivery, whether or not the recipient signs a receipt for the notice.Source Link