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.

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.Fill out a Move...

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 ...

Living in the Apartment

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 y...

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 Make sure y...

Tips For Finding An Apartment

General Tips For Finding An Apartment Start Looking Early: Apartments in Iowa City go fast. The following are good resources for finding available pro...

Discrimination

Complaints regarding discrimination can be sent to the Human Rights Division of Iowa City. Discrimination in housing on the following basis is illegal...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Housing A Consumer's Guide to Fair Housi...

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 o...

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 ...