Rental Guide

Please Note: All the information in this rental guide was current at the time it was published. This website is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have a question about your specific situation, contact SLS or an attorney of your choosing today.


Iowa City Rent Abatement Ordinance

On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, the Iowa City Council passed a rent abatment ordinance that allows the City to order that rent be abated if a rental unit does not comply with the City’s housing code. If there is a substantial risk to the health or safety of the tenant, such... Continue reading...

Posted October 11, 2017


Moving In

Both before and as you move in to your new apartment, there are several important things you should do to protect your rights later on. Continue reading...

Posted October 6, 2017


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 putting them particularly at risk for being taking advantage of by their landlord. Don't worry, we're here to help. Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


Living in the Apartment

You should notify the landlord of all necessary repairs in writing, making sure to date the notice and to keep a copy for your records. Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


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 process Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


Tips For Finding An Apartment

Start Looking Early: Apartments in Iowa City go fast. The following are good resources for finding available properties: Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


Discrimination

Complaints regarding discrimination can be sent to the Human Rights Division of Iowa City. Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


Illegal Lease Provisions

Automatic Carpet Cleaning Provisions: Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


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 in, clean up thoroughly before you leave, and leave the landlord an address or instructions for where... Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


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 631. Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


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: Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015



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 the terms of your residence in the rental property. Notably, these are very difficult to terminate. Continue reading...

Posted September 23, 2015


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