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Landlord Resources

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In the State of Iowa and the City of Davenport, landlords and tenants have certain basic rights and requirements that are intended to protect both parties and the owner’s investment. It takes the joint effort of investor‐owners, tenants and the City to ensure a quality rental market in Davenport.

Refer to City Code Chapter 8.15 for details on the Property Maintenance Code. The code adopts the 2015  version of the International Property Maintenance Code.

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Property Maintenance & Inspection Requirements

Picture representing inspection services being providedIowa state law and Davenport City ordinance requires the inspection of all rental housing on a regular basis to ensure quality rental housing conditions, and to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the community.

Our Rental Property Owner’s Guide to Davenport’s Property Maintenance Code provides information on:

The guide also includes: 

  • The Violation Point Matrix/Rental Property Inspection Checklist
  • Information on Appealing Property Maintenance Citations
  • Information on Appealing a Rental License Revocation

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In addition to rental property maintenance codes, rental properties are subject to general/community-wide property maintenance and building codes.  Landlords are advised to communicate these codes and their tenant's responsibilities in ensuring compliance with these codes.  Links to this information can be found below.

Rental Property Lien Exemption

Effective July 1, 2012 landlords can notify the City of Davenport about a tenant occupied residential rental property to exempt the property from lien for delinquent sewer, clean water and garbage charges, if the city is notified within 60 calendar days from the date that the tenant started water service with Iowa American Water.

If a landlord wishes not to have charges for sewer, clean water or garbage fees levied against their rental property while a tenant occupies the property, State of Iowa code 384.84(4)(e) states the landlord must send a written notice to the City with required information. The City of Davenport has created a website which will allow landlords to submit the required information directly to the City. A new form is required in the event a new tenant moves into the property.

Click here to submit a form to participate in the Rental Property Lien Exemption Program.

Click here to submit a form notifying the City of Davenport of a change in ownership of a residential rental property. This form must be completed within thirty (30) days of the completion of the change of ownership.

This program does not apply to charges for repairs related to a service of sewer systems, storm water drainage systems, sewer treatment and solid waste disposal if the repair charges become delinquent.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact us directly at 563-326-7707.

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