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In Iowa, the eviction process is governed by state law and must be carried out in accordance with specific procedures. Here is a general overview of the eviction process in Iowa:

  1. Provide proper notice: Before beginning the eviction process, you must provide the tenant with written notice. The notice must be delivered in a specific way and must include certain information as required by law. Atlas Legal and Process Services are experts in this process. 

  2. File an eviction lawsuit: If the tenant does not comply with the notice or vacate the premises, you may file a lawsuit in court to obtain an order for eviction. You will need to provide evidence to support your claim and comply with court rules and procedures. We provide the Affidavits of service that assist in this process. 

  3. Attend the hearing: If the court approves the eviction lawsuit, a hearing will be scheduled. Both you and the tenant will be required to attend and present evidence and arguments to the judge.

  4. Obtain a writ of possession: If the judge approves the eviction, you may obtain a writ of possession from the court. This document allows you to have a law enforcement officer remove the tenant from the property.

It is important to note that the eviction process in Iowa can be complex and time-consuming.We are professionals in tenant evictions for landlords, providing a swift and legal solution without sacrificing quality. Contact us for your eviction papers and the solutions we can provide today.  


Many landlords have questions about how the eviction process works in Iowa. This document is intended to answer some of those questions by explaining how the process generally works. This is not a replacement for legal advice because there are many technical issues that may arise, as well as current codes and rulings that are constantly changing. Advice from an attorney is always recommended.

Cause for Eviction

The first step of the eviction starts with the landlord having cause for eviction. Cause includes such things as:

  • Non-payment of rent 

  • Noncompliance with healthy and safety building and housing codes 

  • Unsanitary conditions 

  • Improper disposal of wastes 

  • Unreasonable use or manner of use of all electrical, plumbing sanitary, heating ventilating, air

    conditioning, and other facilities and appliances including elevators in the premises 

  • Deliberately or negligently destroy, deface damage, impair or remove a part of the premises or

    knowingly permit a person to do so 

  • Act in a manner that will disturb a neighbor’s peaceful enjoyment of the premises 

  • Violations of the rental agreement 

  • Create a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the other tenants, landlord, landlord’s

    employees or agents, or other persons on or within one thousand feet of the landlord’s property


Necessary Notices and Service Procedures

Once there has been a violation of one of the above conditions the landlord needs to give written notice to the tenants that they are in violation. Usually the types of notices fall into one of the following:

Failure to pay rent: Three day notice of intent to terminate lease/notice to cure

Violation of lease 

Seven day notice to correct violation or lease terminates
For mobile homes 14 day notice to correct violation or lease terminates in 30 days

Clear and present danger

Three day notice to quit for clear and present danger

(should include information about what tenant can do to correct issue including notification to landlord)

Stay over after lease expired

 Three day notice to quit

Other reasons landlord wishes to terminate lease

30 day notice from next periodic rental date
Three day notice to quit 

No rental agreement but possession established (family member, guest, significant other, or squatter)

Three day notice to quit 

Additional forms available for landlords:

These forms are available in separate packet.

30 Notice to Terminate Tenancy
Notice to Quit

3 Day Notice of Termination and Notice to Quit, Clear & Present Danger

Notice of Past Due Rent

Notice of Noncompliance with Rental Agreement

Crime Free Lease Addendum

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