Iowa Month to Month Rental Agreement Template

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The Iowa Month to Month Rental Agreement Template is a reusable contract form which documents a property rental arrangement with no specific end date. This provides quite a benefit for those who require a more flexible lease than that of a fixed term. In order to promote a positive landlord/tenant relationship, it is generally recommended to document the original conditions of an agreement between these two entities by simply writing them out on paper then having both parties sign it. Such a property rental contract between these two parties is considered a lease and while most associate the word “lease” as a rental contract with a fixed term (a specific time period), it may also be applied to a tenancy at will situation. By documenting the agreement, each party’s roles, the property itself, and the start date both landlord and tenant may enjoy the security that comes with a legally recognized contract during their property rental relationship.

Another benefit of having a signed contract to define a Month-to-Month lease arrives at the time it is time to terminate the agreement. Since this is a lease, both parties must live up to their obligations and this state has passed specific statutes to ensure this (Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Law, Ch. 562A). For instance, whoever wishes to terminate this agreement may do so at his/her discretion provided they give thirty days’ notice. In addition to this, the individual defined as a tenant must make sure they move-out in a timely manner leaving the rental property in the state it was presented while the landlord must follow the laws concerning the return of the security deposit.

Minimum Termination Period – 30 days

Laws – § 562A.34

How to Write

Step 1 – In order to define the lease and the parties, enter the landlord’s full name on the first blank space, the tenant’s full name on the second blank space, and the date of the lease on the third blank space.

Step 2 – The paragraph labeled “Premises,” will need the address of the leased property and the city where it is located entered on the blank spaces provided.

Step 3 – Enter the start date of the lease in the paragraph labeled “Lease Term.”

Step 4 – The “Lease Payments” paragraph must have the monthly payments named in two ways. First, it must be written out on the first blank space. Then it must be entered as a dollar amount on the second blank line. The first day, month, and year must be paid should be entered in the third, fourth, and fifth blank spaces respectively.

Step 5 – In the “Late Charges: paragraph enter the first calendar day of the month when the rent will be considered late. Then on the next space available enter the late fee the tenant will be charged for every day the rent is late. On the third blank line enter the day of the month where if rent is not received, the tenant may be held responsible for violating the lease.

Step 6 – In the paragraph labeled “Insufficient Funds,” enter the dollar amount for every check the tenant submits which is denied for a lack of funds in the tenant’s account.

Step 7 – Enter the security deposit amount the tenant must allow the landlord to hold for the duration of the lease in the paragraph labeled “Security Deposit”

Step 8 – In the “Defaults” paragraph, enter the number of days after the receipt of a notice from the landlord regarding any lease violations that a tenant has to remedy the problem.

Step 9 – The number of individuals who are allowed to reside on the rented property without written consent from the landlord must be entered in the “Occupants” paragraph.

Step 10 – The “Utilities and Services” paragraph place a checkmark next to each item the landlord shall agree to provide the tenant for the term of the lease. There will be a blank space available to list any that have not been previously named.

Step 11 – In the “Pets” paragraph, enter the additional security deposit amount the landlord requires if the tenant wishes to have pets.

Step 12 – In “Abandonment” enter the number of days from the last payment of rent that a tenant may be missing before the landlord may consider the property abandoned on the first blank space available. On the second blank space available, enter the number days from the last due date of unpaid rent where a tenant has been absent from the property where the landlord may consider the property abandoned by the tenant.

Step 13 – The paragraph labeled “Noise” requires the earliest time of the morning where furniture may be brought into or out of the property to be entered on the first blank line. Following this, enter the latest time of day when the tenant may have furniture delivered or disposed of.

Step 14 – If the landlord will grant the tenant a parking space, place a checkmark in the first box of the “Parking Paragraph.” This will also require the location of the parking space to be entered on the first blank line available and the number of vehicles a tenant may park there entered on the third blank line available. If the tenant will not be given parking privileges simply mark the second box in this paragraph.

Step 15 – If any additional agreements have been made between the landlord and tenant regarding the property to be rented, they must be documented in the “Additional Terms and Conditions” section (just above the signature lies) in order to be part of this lease.

Step 16 – The bottom of this page will require the signature of the landlord as well as that of the tenant. Each signature must have its printed version directly below it. There is enough room for one landlord and two tenants to do this. However, if other parties are involved make sure to include and label their signatures and printed names accordingly.