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Iowa 3 Day Notice to Quit


Download this IA 3 Day Notice to Quit to serve on a tenant who created a clear and present danger. This is a single page PDF document.

See the Rental Application with Co-Applicant to further reduce risk by properly screening applicants.

When a tenant creates a clear and present danger, this IA 3 Day Notice to Quit may be used to terminate tenancy in 3 days. Due to the severity of this type of tenancy violation that involves the health and safety of others, the landlord is not obligated to allow the tenant a chance to remedy the situation.

What Does Iowa Law Say?

562A.27A If a tenant has created or maintained a threat constituting a clear and present danger to the health or safety of other tenants, the landlord, the landlord’s employee or agent, or other persons on or within one thousand feet of the landlord’s property, the landlord, after the service of a single three days’ written notice of termination and notice to quit stating the specific activity causing the clear and present danger, and setting forth the language of subsection 3 which includes certain exemption provisions available to the tenant, may file suit against the tenant for recovery of possession of the premises pursuant to chapter 648, except as otherwise provided in subsection 3. The petition shall state the incident or incidents giving rise to the notice of termination and notice to quit. The tenant shall be given the opportunity to contest the termination in the court proceedings by notice thereof at least three days prior to the hearing.

What is a Clear and Present Danger?

  • Physical assault or the threat of physical assault.
  • Illegal use of a firearm or other weapon, the threat to use a firearm or other weapon illegally, or possession of an illegal firearm.
  • Possession of a controlled substance unless the controlled substance was obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or order by a licensed medical practitioner while acting in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice. This paragraph applies to any other person on the premises with the consent of the tenant, but only if the tenant knew of the possession by the other person of a controlled substance.

How to Fill Out

Step 1 – Enter the name(s) the tenant(s).

Step 2 – Specify the violations.

Step 3 – Provide the city, county and address of the rental property.

Step 4 – Sign and date.

Step 5 – Serve the tenant with the notice and complete the record of service section stating who, how and when the tenant was served.

Iowa Eviction Laws
Rent Grace Period: Whatever is agreed upon in the lease (if any).
Nonpayment of Rent: 3 days. § 562A.27
Noncompliance: 7 days. § 562A.27(1)
Termination (Month-to-Month Lease): 30 days. § 562A.34 
Eviction Lawsuit: Forcible Entry and Detainer. Chapter 648

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