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Rental Inspections

All Iowa cities with a population of more than 15,000 people must maintain a rental housing inspection program. In Johnston, Ordinance 887, adopting Chapter 153 details what rental property owners need to know to follow the ordinance.

The ordinance outlines procedures for the inspection of all apartment houses, congregate residences, rental dwellings, and sleeping units. The ordinance requires property owners, their agents and others who rent residential dwelling/sleeping units to meet their responsibilities with respect to premise safety by providing regular inspection as a means of compliance.

The City of Johnston's Residential Rental Code requires owners and/or property managers to register with the City's Building Department.

Key Information:

  • No person shall rent, lease, let, operate or otherwise allow the occupancy of any dwelling unit or any portion of any dwelling unit (including single rooms) unless they hold a valid Rental Inspection Certificate.
  • All rental properties are required to be inspected once every two years.
  • Registration must be updated upon any change in owner and/or property manager contact information, change of ownership, or change in occupancy status.
  • Multiple properties may be registered through a single registration process.
  • Failure to register your rental property may result in significant fines and double fees.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Building Department at 515-727-7778 or by clicking here.  Forms should be completed and returned to the Building Department at 6221 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa, 50131. This registration includes contact information and property address information needed to build a current database of rental properties within the city; there is no charge for registering.

Click here for more Rental Inspection information.

Please feel free to contact the Building Department with any questions at 515-727-7778 or by sending an e-mail to the Building Department.