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Posted on: July 10, 2017


Register your rental property

All Iowa cities with a population of more than 15,000 people must maintain a rental housing inspection program. The City of Johnston's Residential Rental Code requires owners and/or property managers of all rental properties, including but not limited to condos, town homes, duplexes and apartments, to register with the City's Building Department. Many registrations are now coming due --- be sure to check the expiration date on your certificate!

Important 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. 

The full Residential Rental Code may be viewed by visiting

If you have questions about the Rental Code or your property, please call the City of Johnston Building Department at 515-727-7778.

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