On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, the Iowa City Council passed a rent abatment ordinance that allows the City to order that rent be abated if a rental unit does not comply with the City’s housing code. If there is a substantial risk to the health or safety of the tenant, such as no heat in the winter, flooding, or a threatening electrical condition, as determined by the City, the City may issue an order that abates rent.
If rent is abated, the tenant is temporarily relived from the duty to pay rent. The City may also issue an order for rent abatement if the unit does not have a valid rental permit. Only the city can order rent abated under this ordinance. Tenants cannot practice self-help and abate rent on their own.
If you believe their is a safety issue with your apartment in Iowa City, you may contact Housing Inspection Services at 319-356-5135, or fill out an on-line complaint form here.