Iowa Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The Iowa residential and commercial lease agreements are written for property owners, referred to as "landlords" or "lessors", seeking to rent space to a willing individual, known as the "tenant" or "lessee". After a tenant has decided they would like to rent the space and agree, in general, to the financial terms of the agreement the landlord should verify their personal finances. This may be verified with a rental application which will obtain their personal, work, and background information so the landlord may view a complete profile of the subject. If approved, a lease should be negotiated, written, and signed immediately.

The Iowa eviction notice, or notice to quit, allows the landlord to grant the tenant the option of either paying their rent that is due, along with any other overdue payments, or vacate the premises. The landlord must follow the laws on service (631.4 – Time for Appearance) if he or she is to serve the notice personally.

This Iowa commercial lease agreement is designed to handle a retail, industrial, office tenant between a landlord and a business tenant. The agreement is structured to rent on a price per square foot ($/SF) basis and the term is usually more than a year or has options to renew at the option of the lessee. The landlord should view the tenant’s credit profile via the rental application and to see the entity’s status with the Secretary of State’s office to certify…

The Iowa monthly lease agreement, or tenancy at will, is typically preferred by individuals who are unsure of their exact time of stay at a residential property. The document technically renews every thirty (30) days upon payment by the tenant. Month to Month Agreement Laws Canceling/Terminating (562A.34)- Landlord or Tenant must give at least thirty (30) days’ notice. Advised to be written and sent as a certified letter with return receipt. Increasing Rent – Landlords must give at least thirty (30) days before the…

The most important tool a landlord can make use of is the Iowa rental application that should be utilized with every lease agreement. Typically, the landlord will ask the tenant that is applying for a rental contract to complete this form (and sometimes pay for it too). Once complete, the landlord will have access to the applying tenant’s criminal, credit, job, and rental history, to gain a good perspective on the tenant’s personality and habits. After processing the look-up, the landlord will then…

The Iowa one (1) year residential lease agreement is infused with monthly payments due typically on the first (1st). The contract goes into effect usually after the tenant is approved by completing the rental application, and the landlord and tenant agree to the terms and conditions of the form. Disclosure and Other Forms Landlord/Manager/Agent Identity – According to 562A.13 the lease must disclose the person(s) authorized to enter the property during the course of the term. Shared Utilities – According to 562A.13, if the tenant is sharing…

The Iowa sublease agreement works to help reduce the financial burden of the monthly payments on a tenant in a property by including others to rent space in the same property. It works by having the current tenant of a property, the sublessor, agree to rent either partial or the entire space to another individual, the sublessee. Both parties can be living together as roommates sharing the same utilities depending on how the agreement is structured. However, the responsibility of the new tenant rests fully on…


Identification – The landlord must disclose in the agreement the names of all individuals allowed to access the premises at anytime. (562A.13)

Shared Utilities – If the tenant is sharing a meter with another tenant or the landlord, it must state in the agreement how the meter is allocated between all who are on it. (562A.13)

Environmental – The landlord must disclose in writing if their property is listed in the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Information System.

Lead-Based Paint – If the improved property was constructed prior to the year 1978 this disclosure must be included in the agreement and acknowledged by the tenant.

LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS – See full list in Chapter 562A Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Law

Security Deposits (562A.12)

Maximum – Two (2) Months Rent.

Returning – Within thirty (30) days after the tenant has given access back to the landlord.

Landlord’s Access (562A.19)

Notice – Landlord must give at least twenty-four (24) hours notice before entering the property for any scheduled maintenance.