After a tenant moves out, the landlord’s job doesn’t stop. You have to correctly and legally use or return the security deposit. Many surrounding states allow for the disposition of a security deposit in ways that are illegal in Iowa. There are specific rules about the timing and reasons for withholding or refunding the deposit.

Landlord liens have been abolished for more than 40 years, which means the landlord cannot keep a tenant’s possessions as an offset for rent. Removing the tenant’s property after move-out is fraught with pitfalls for the unwary landlord. Throwing away a tenant’s belongings may give rise to liability for the property manager.

If your tenant left owing you rent, you need assistance in collecting your money. Our firm specializes in creditors’ rights matters and can assist you with collection efforts, up to and including a lawsuit.


The attorneys at Abendroth Russell Barnett Law Firm can represent you, protect your rights, and support you in all of your post-tenancy matters.