During your Tenancy

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The Iowa Landlord and Tenant Law outlines the duties a landlord assumes in order to keep a rental unit in a safe and healthy condition. Unless previously agreed upon in a written agreement, the landlord must uphold the following:
  • Comply with building and housing codes that affect health and safety (Ames Municipal Code Chapter 13).
  • Make all repairs to keep the premises in a fit, habitable condition.
  • Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean, safe condition.
  • Maintain in working order all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and other appliances and facilities, including elevators in the premises.
  • Provide and maintain appropriate garbage receptacles to all tenants for central collection of garbage.
Similarly, the tenant should abide by the following duties in order to put forth effort to prevent the necessity of repairs:
  • Comply with provisions in the Ames Municipal Code Chapter 13 that are imposed upon tenants.
  • Maintain a clean and safe rental unit.
  • Dispose of all garbage to the central garbage location.
  • Use in a reasonable manner electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and other appliances and facilities, including elevators in the premises.
  • Not deliberately destroy, deface, damage, or remove a part of the premises or knowingly permit a person to do so.

In the event the landlord fails to make the necessary repairs requested, the tenant should properly notify the property management in writing of the needed repairs. If after reasonable time has passed with no actions from the property management, a written complaint can be filed with the City of Ames Inspections Division. A complaint form can be completed by clicking here.

Additionally, once the written document has been received by the landlord, the landlord has seven days to remedy the stated problem(s). If after seven days the problem(s) has not been remedied, the tenant may elect to terminate the rental lease. If, though, the repair(s) is a result of a deliberate or negligent act by the tenant(s), the tenant's family members, or other persons on the premise with the tenant's consent; the tenant(s) may not terminate the rental lease.


Right of entry

From time to time, a landlord may need to enter your unit to make repairs, perform inspections, or for other reasonable matters. Cooperation should always be sought during these situations, but there are times when either the landlord or tenant(s) are uncooperative. For situations such as these, you may reference the Iowa Landlord and Tenant Law. According to the Iowa Landlord and Tenant Lawa landlord should give the tenant(s) of a unit at least 24 hours notice before entering the rental unit. During the event of an emergency, though, the landlord may enter the unit without reasonable request. Furthermore, the tenant should not deny the landlord reasonable access to a rental unit.

Be a good neighbor

The City of Ames, like other communities, is made up of parks, stores, homes,Strong Neighborhoods logo. Organized. Connected. Attractive. Green. Involved. Safe.

offices, industrial areas, shopping centers, and lots more. One of the things that makes Ames a great place to live are its strong neighborhoods. Strong neighborhoods are the building blocks to a vibrant, thriving community.

What makes a strong neighborhood? The logo to the right will direct you to more information on links to services and programs offered by the various departments throughout the City of Ames. Utilize the links below to explore the services the City of Ames provides, and how you can be a good neighbor.