Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: November 21, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate is an official eviction document delivered to the tenant for a curable breach of the lease. The tenant has the opportunity to correct the lease violation, otherwise the tenant must move out of the premises within seven (7) calendar days.

When to Use an Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

Use a 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate to begin the eviction process in Iowa:

  • If the tenant failed to comply with health/safety rules.
  • If the tenant violated the rules with too many occupants.
  • If the tenant damaged property.
  • If the tenant refused the landlord access to the rental unit.
  • If the tenant committed any other violations of the lease.

If none of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 3 Day Notice to Quit -If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
  • 3 Day Notice of Termination – If the tenant threatened physical harm, illegally used a firearm or other deadly weapon, possessed illegal drugs or is determined to be a clear and present danger to other persons.
  • 7 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant committed substantially the same act or omissions which recurred within a six (6) month period.
  • 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or the landlord is ending a month-to-month lease. This letter is also used for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write an Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

The Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Specify the rule or lease violation;
  4. Indicate how the tenant can remedy the breach;
  5. Enter the date and time when the violation must be cured by;
  6. Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
  7. Include the date the notice is served;
  8. Landlord prints and signs notice;
  9. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Iowa 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

A landlord can deliver notices in Iowa using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person of suitable age and discretion at the property AND mailing the notice by regular AND certified mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND 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.

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