Rental Housing

Background

Iowa Code 364.17 “City Housing Codes” requires cities with a population of fifteen thousand (15,000) or more to adopt by ordinance a residential rental code. This code is required to implement minimum standards such as implementing frequent rental inspections, a complaint process, and certifying rental properties. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2010, the City of Indianola had a population count of 14,782.

While the 2020 population counts from the United States Census Bureau has not been released yet, the Census Bureau Population Estimate Program (PEP) estimates that the population has raised to 16,015 in 2019. To become compliant with Iowa Law, property owners, their agents and others who rent out residential dwelling or sleeping units would be required, upon adoption, to follow the Residential Rental Code within the corporate limits of the City of Indianola.

The Residential Rental Inspection Program intends to ensure public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures and premises. 

Community Meetings

The City of Indianola Community Development department is hosting community meetings to meet with landlords and tenants to listen to their input and to answer questions about the program. There will be two community meetings, one geared towards property owners/managers of rentals and the other geared towards tenants:

Tenants

Do you currently live in a rental property within the corporate limits of Indianola? Come join us on August 5, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Buxton Room of the Activity Center located at 2204 West 2nd Avenue to learn more about the program. 

TENANTS RSVP HERE

Rental Property Owners/Managers

Do you currently own or manage rental properties within the corporate limits of Indianola? Come join us on August 12, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Buxton Room of the Activity Center located at 2204 West 2nd Avenue to learn more about the program.

LANDLORDS RSVP HERE

survey

To help the city better understand the needs of the rental housing community in Indianola, please take our residential rental housing survey! A physical survey will be provided at the community meetings and an online version of the survey can be found here:

Survey