Ending a Mobile Home Lease
The mobile home lease can be ended by either the landlord or the tenant, but only with appropriate notice. The notice required depends on the circumstances. Remember, it can be very difficult to move a mobile home, so proceed with caution before terminating your lease.
The tenant ends the lease
Where the tenant decides to end the lease, the tenant must give a written notice and continue to pay rent during the notice period.
- Iowa Code section 562B.22 covers situations where the landlord is not complying with the lease or is not meeting their obligations under section 562B.16.
- In these cases, the tenant must provide a written notice to the landlord that describes the issues and says that the rental agreement will terminate 30 days after the landlord receives the notice if the issues are not fixed in 14 days.
- Iowa Code section 562B.10(5) provides an option for tenants to cancel their lease with 60 days’ written notice.
The landlord ends the lease
A landlord may also end the lease in certain situations, with appropriate written notice.
- Iowa Code section 562B.25 provides that landlords may cancel the lease:
- With a 3-day written notice for nonpayment of rent (if rent is not paid in that period).
- If the tenant is not complying with the rental agreement or the tenant is not complying with section 562B.18, the landlord must provide a written notice to the tenant that describes the issues and says that the rental agreement will terminate 30 days after the tenant receives the notice if the issues are not fixed in 14 days.
- If substantially the same issue occurs within 6 months, the landlord can end the lease with 14 days’ notice
- Iowa Code section 562B.25A allows landlords to cancel the lease with a 3-day written notice when the tenant creates a clear and present danger to others.
- Iowa Code section 562B.10(5) allows landlords to cancel the lease for any reason with a 60-day written notice (as long as that reason is not a violation of chapter 562B or another law).
Before a landlord can forcibly remove a tenant, the landlord will need to get a court order and a writ. For general information on that process, see our page on Forcible Entry and Detainer Hearings.
For more information on mobile home law in Iowa, visit Iowa Legal Aid's Mobile Homes in Iowa page.