Iowa Standard Residential Lease Agreement

Last updated August 24th, 2022

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The Iowa standard residential lease agreement is used by landlords and property managers to establish terms by which a tenant will be authorized to occupy a residential space. Residential lease agreements define the tenant’s rights and responsibilities during the contract term including the payment of monthly rent and utility expenses, the duration of the tenancy, and the number of pets allowed on the premises. Any security deposits or prepaid rent installments should be collected prior to the start of the term.

Rental LawsTitle 14, Ch. 562A (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Law)

Handbook (Guide)Landlord-Tenant Law


Security Deposits

Maximum (§ 562A.12(1)) – Two (2) Months’ Rent

Returning (§ 562A.12(3)(a)) – Thirty (30) Days

When is Rent Due?

The tenant is required to pay rent to the landlord without demand or notice on the date specified in the rental agreement (§ 562A.9(3)).

Realtor Version

Residential Lease or Month-to-Month Rental Agreement – Brokers licensed with the Iowa Association of REALTORS® may use this lease to establish a fixed-term or month-to-month rental agreement.

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Disclosures (4)

1) CERCLIS Disclosure

If the property is listed in the CERCLIS database, the landlord must disclose this fact to the tenant in their lease agreement.

2) Identification

Any person authorized to act in the place of the landlord must be listed in the contract in addition to the address where notices are received.

3) Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

If a residence was constructed prior to the year 1978, the landlord must disclose the possible presence of lead-based paint to all their tenants before occupation.

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4) Shared Utilities

If there are shared utility charges, the landlord must disclose them to the tenant in writing, including the rate at which the charges and services are calculated and billed.