The Iowa rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Iowa, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount to recoup the costs associated with the application.
Landlords in Iowa are restricted to asking a maximum of two (2) months' rent for a security deposit.
The rental application should include the following sections:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Iowa’s laws on security deposit dictate that a landlord may not demand more than the equivalent of two months’ rent. Furthermore, a landlord must return the security deposit to a tenant no more than 30 days after the lease has been terminated (§ 562A.12 of the Iowa Code).