It’s time to shake-off winter’s grime with a little property clean up in Iowa City.

Homeowners and tenants are reminded to be a good neighbor and take care of property maintenance, including yard work, like trimming, raking, weeding and mowing, in addition to picking up trash and other litter. Residents should also remember that it is illegal to store large items like inoperable vehicles and indoor furniture, including upholstered couches and chairs, in yards and on open porches.

Renters should check their leases to see if yard work or any other maintenance tasks have been transferred to them. 

Potential Penalties 

When the City receives a complaint an inspector will be sent to visit the property and verify any complaints and violations. Homeowners and tenants could face a $250 citation for properties that  are not brought into compliance with Iowa City’s Housing and Zoning Codes.

Reporting properties 

Residents who wish to report a problem property can contact the City of Iowa City: 

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app by searching GoRequest where you get your apps
  • Visit, and submit a complaint through a web browser
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being inspected by staff due to public complaints.

For more information, visit or contact Stan Laverman at 319-356-5135 or

A graphic promoting Iowa City's Good Neighbor Property Management policy.

Date of publication

Friday, March 30, 2018