Rental Guide

Illegal Lease Provisions

*Automatic Carpet Cleaning Provisions:*Lease provisions that require the tenant to pay for carpet cleaning at the end of a lease, regardless of actual damage, are illegal and unenforceable.  This is true even... Read Full Post

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Rental Deposits

You probably already know what you should do to get your rental deposit back after your lease ends. It’s a good idea to take date-stamped pictures of any existing damage when you move... Read Full Post

Considering Court? A Small Claims Guide

Small claims court was created to provide citizens with a low-cost, simple process for resolving civil disputes involving small amounts of money. The applicable Iowa laws may be found in Iowa Code chapter... Read Full Post


A Consumer's Guide to Fair Housing

Click below to view a PDF of the State of Iowa's Consumer's Guide to Fair Housing:A Consumer's Guide to Fair HousingA Consumer's Guide to Fair Housing is funded by the U.S. Department... Read Full Post

Information For Parents

Is your son or daughter having problems with their landlord? At Student Legal Services we understand that college students are often inexperienced or first-time renters making putting them particularly at risk for being... Read Full Post

Sample Roomate Agreement

*Set the ground rules…*It is extremely important that you and your roommates are clear on your expectations. It is beneficial to all tenants to spell out your individual responsibilities in a roommate contract.... Read Full Post

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Things to Know Before You Sign a Lease

So you're moving out of the dorms? When making the decision to rent off-campis, one the most important factors to consider is your lease agreement. A lease agreement is a binding contract governing... Read Full Post

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Move-In Checklist

When you are moving into your new apartment, there are several important things you should do to protect your rights later on.Fill out a Move-In Checklist You should walk through the entire unit... Read Full Post


Living In

RepairsYou should notify the landlord of all necessary repairs in writing, making sure to date the notice and to keep a copy for your records.Before you can terminate a lease because of... Read Full Post


Moving Out

Moving out of your rental property can be a very hectic time, but there are a number of steps you need to take during the move-out processMake sure you have provided... Read Full Post