COVID-19 Information for Iowa
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State and Local Affiliates
Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Capacity restrictions and closures have been lifted on the majority of Iowa businesses.
Face Mask Mandate
Governor Reynolds ordered that any person over the age of 2 be required to wear a face covering when inside an indoor space that is open to the public.
State of Emergency
Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation of disaster on March 9.
Status: Evictions Can Resume Remote
- Action: On October 2, 2020 the state Supreme Court issued guidance on the implementation of the CDC Eviction Moratorium Order.
- Description: Any eviction action for nonpayment of rent where a tenant provides the housing provider a signed Eviction Declaration form will be continued until after December 31, 2020, or if necessary, dismissed without prejudice. If a judgement has already been entered, enforcement of the judgment shall be stayed through December 31, 2020.
- Action: Requires any plaintiff bringing an eviction action for nonpayment to submit a CARES Act verification form to the court until further order of the court.
Executive Order (Expired)
- Action: Suspension of evictions in certain situations.
- Scope: Nonpayment of rent and holding over after the termination of the lease (See Iowa Code 648.1 (2)-(6) Grounds).
- Duration: Through May 27, 2020.
- COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
- Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
- Additional Commentary: The State Supreme Court has directed that forcible entry and detainer proceedings should either be continued to a date after June 15, 2020, or conducted by phone at a local court's discretion.
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist Iowans who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 and may be facing housing hardships. This program will provide short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure.
Approved applicants may receive rental assistance for up to four months. This can include months in arrears no earlier than the April 1 rent payment, ($3,200 maximum). This includes manufactured home rent and lot rent.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Iowa Code: § 364.3.
Under Iowa Code, § 61.31.1, it is unlawful to charge excessive pricing for merchandise needed by victims upon the declaration of an emergency and the subsequent recovery period, which shall not exceed six months from the date of the declaration. The goods and services included as necessary are, but not limited to, water, food, medicines, sanitation supplies, utilities, building materials, and materials for cleanup and repair. Rental housing is not specifically mentioned as a service or article of merchandise needed by victims of disasters.
Business Liability Protections
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Gov. Reynolds established protections for businesses against civil liability. Under the rules, businesses are protected against civil liability claims resulting from customer or employee exposure to COVID-19 while on premises if the business follows applicable federal, state, and local safety guidelines.
Local Legal and Regulatory Information
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
The City of Davenport is also offering a federally funded grant program to help renters during the pandemic. Applicants may get up to $1,000 in rental assistance each month for three months. Please visit the City’s website for more information.