Iowa Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: March 31, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

An Iowa month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Iowa (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Iowa Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Iowa landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Iowa, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 30 days’ notice.  Iowa Code 562A.34

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

A landlord must provide 30-Day’s Notice when seeking to raise rent on a month-to-month tenant Iowa Code 562A

Notice must also be provided in written form.

Are There Notice Delivery Requirements?

In Iowa there are notice delivery requirements. In the case of the landlord giving notice to the tenant, a landlord may use one of the following methods:

  • Hand delivery.
  • Delivery to someone who is 18 years or older with an acknowledgment of delivery.
  • Personal service pursuant to Civil Procedure 1.305 Iowa Court Rules.
  • Mailing the notice via regular AND certified mail to the tenant’s last known address.
  • Posting a copy of the notice on the main entrance door of the premises.
  • Any method of providing notice that would be received by the tenant.

A tenant may service notice to the landlord by using one of the following methods:

  • Hand delivery to the landlord or agent.
  • Delivery that is acknowledged by a signature from the landlord or agent.
  • Personal service pursuant to Civil Procedure 1.305 Iowa Court Rules.
  • Delivery to an employee or an agent at the landlord’s business office.
  • Mailing the notice via regular or certified mail.
  • Method of providing notice that results in the notice being received by the landlord.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Iowa?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Iowa. The process for eviction can be completed in 3 to 8 weeks but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Iowa, click here.