Des Moines, IA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Iowa

Q: Can my landlord raise the rent less than 30 days prior to the rent being due?

Letter states rent will increase 8/1/23. Currently on month-to month basis.

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A: It depends upon the terms of your lease agreement. Some lease agreements give the landlord the right to increase the amount of rent due after the initial term. Some provide a set period of prior notice to the tenant, and some don't. Some allow the tenant to holdover month-to-month on the same terms and conditions (including same monthly rent) as the original lease, some don't. So much of any answer depends on the terms of your particular lease agreement that, if you don't understand the lease, you should take it to a local attorney and pay for a consultation so that you understand your rights and obligations.

I'm not in Iowa and wouldn't be able to help you but, for informational purposes, I provide a 90-minute consultation for a flat fee of $500. Obviously, different attorneys in different areas charge different consultation fees. But the reasonable expense of a few hundred dollars could probably answer your question.

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