Tuesday, November 21, 2017
City Of Marshalltown
Rental Housing Inspections

The City of Marshalltown is required by State law to have a rental housing code. The City currently has two rental housing inspectors who conduct inspections. All rental units in Marshalltown must be registered with the City. Annual registration forms are mailed annually to property owners along with the invoice for rental registration fees. Rental units are inspected approximately every three years.

Units are inspected biennially (every 2 years) if they participate in the HUD Section 8 Program, this is a separate inspection from the City municipal inspection.

2016 Rental Registration Information

  • 2016 Rental Registration Letter (English)
  • 2016 Rental Registration Letter (Spanish)
  • Contact Information Sheet
  • 2016 Newsletter
  • New rental properties, which includes previously owner occupied properties converted to rental must complete a new rental registration form, which can be found in the resources section of the website..

    Registration Rate Information

    Rental registrations are billed based on the number of units per tax parcel.
  • 1st Unit = $33.00 per year
  • 2nd - 12th Unit = $29.75 per year
  • 13th Unit and above = $24 per year
  • Example: 123 Main Street includes 20 rental units.
    Fee is calculated as follows:
      1 x $33.00 = $33.00
      11 x $29.75 = $327.25
      8 x $24.00 = $192.00

    $33.00 + $327.25 + $192.00 = $552.25 Total Fee for the building per year.

    The City will charge a late fee of $25.00 per parcel plus interest for late payments.

    Healthy Homes Information

    The City is starting to incorporate the Healthy Homes principals into rental housing inspections. These are common environmental issues that can contribute to occupant health and safety. Hazards include things such as moisture and mold, trip hazards, fire safety concerns and lead based paint.

    For more information on maintaining a healthy home visit any of the following websites.

    Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

    The City Housing & Community Development Department in cooperation with the Police Department began administering the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program in 2011. Rental property owners are encouraged to participate in the program. The first phase of certification includes an 8-hour training session. The session includes discussion on legal rights and responsibilities, drug and gang identification, Section 8 assistance and tenant selection. Currently this is a FREE training session thanks to the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation. For more information about the program contact the Police Department at 641-754-5725.