The Eviction Procedure in Iowa
The Iowa Judicial System continues to roll out a mandatory requirement that all documents be eFiled, including Small Claims (click here for a current map of counties utilizing the EDMS system).
The Iowa Landlord Association – IaREIA is no longer offering efiling services. Landlords/Plaintiffs will need to set up their own account and supply a credit card for online processing, which will cover the $85 charge to efile with the County Clerk.
Once the efiling has been accepted and approved, the court will email an “approved” copy which you should forward to your process server, or some third party.
(Parties to a lawsuit cannot serve their own legal notices — see WAR EAGLE VILLAGE APARTMENTS vs. GENEVA PLUMMER).
If you have no preference we recommend IPS (Iowa Process Service). They are our Vendor Partner and if you tell them we sent you, they tend to get right on it when a request is made for service by one of our members.
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