Eviction for Non-Payment of Rent
Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid
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Information about the eviction process.
"This month, I couldn't pay my rent on time. I just got a call from my landlord who said I have 3 days to get out but I have nowhere else to go. What can I do?"
A tenant who does not pay rent on time may get a notice from the landlord. Iowa law requires:
- The notice must be in writing.
- The notice has to say the lease will end if rent is not paid within 3 days.
- The notice has to be properly served to you.
- This 3-day period gives you a "right to cure" by paying the rent within those 3 days.
- If you pay the full amount of rent in 3 days, the landlord cannot legally evict you.
If you cannot pay the rent within 3 days, you do not have to move out right away. The landlord must first file an eviction action in court. Only a judge can lawfully evict a tenant.
- Iowa Legal Aid provides help to low-income Iowans.
- To apply for help from Iowa Legal Aid:
- call 800-532-1275., Iowans age 60 and over, call 800-992-8161
- apply online at www.iowalegalaid.org
If Iowa Legal Aid cannot help, you can look for an attorney on “Find A Lawyer” on the Iowa State Bar Association website – iowabar.org. A private attorney there can talk with you for a fee of $25 for 30 minutes of legal advice.