Raising Your Rent

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid LSC Funded
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Are there rules about how or when my landlord can increase my rent payment?

  • If you have signed a rental agreement for a set period of time (for example, six months or a year), your landlord can't raise your rent during that time period.
  • If you rent month-to-month, your landlord must give you notice in writing that there will be an increase in your rent.  Your landlord must give you this notice at least 30 days before the increase happens.
  • Remember, refusing to pay rent can put you at risk of eviction.  If your landlord unlawfully raises the rent, you should consult with a lawyer.

This legal information was translated with the assistance of a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment grant.


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Last Review and Update: Apr 22, 2019

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