Fair Housing: Iowa

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Iowa Protected Classes

(State of Iowa Code - Civil Rights Commission §216.8)

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability

  • Age

  • Creed

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity

Per state code §331.304.13  "A county shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance or regulation that prohibits an owner, lessor, sublessor, managing agent, or other person having the right to lease, sublease, or rent out a dwelling unit from refusing to lease or rent out the dwelling unit to a person because of the person’s use of a federal housing choice voucher issued by the United States department of housing and urban development. Such an ordinance or regulation in effect on January 1, 2021, is void and unenforceable on and after January 1, 2023." This preempts any local source of income protections.

Cedar Rapids Metro Area

This Jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

City of Cedar Rapids Protected Classes

(City of Cedar Rapids Municipal Code § 69.19)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Marital Status

Davenport Metro Area

This Jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

City of Davenport Protected Classes

(City of Davenport Municipal Code § 2.58.300 et seq. [starts page 15])​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Marital Status

Des Monies Metro Area

This Jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

This Jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

City of Des Moines Protected Classes

(City of Des Moines Municipal Code §62-101)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Ancestry
  • Source of Income1

1Source of Income means any funds, income, or support used to pay for housing, and includes all legally derived funds, including pension, annuity, child support, alimony, and federal state or local government funds including SS, SSI, TANF, family investment programs, general relief, food stamps, unemployment compensation, housing vouchers or similar programs. HOWEVER, State code §331.304.13 and state code §364.3.13 prohibit county and city authorities, respectively, from passing any ordinance prohibiting those leasing a dwelling unit from refusing to lease or rent out the dwelling unit to a person because of that person’s used of a federal housing choice voucher issued by HUD.