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Rental Property Inspection Program
The City of Newton has adopted an ordinance stating that all rental properties within the Newton city limits are required to obtain a rental permit. The Fire Department helps facilitate this program under the direction of the Fire Marshal.

Why Have This Program?
This code enforcement helps educate about fire safety, look for potential hazards, and most importantly helps prevent property fires.  During the Fiscal Year of 2010-2011 the Newton Fire Department conducted 663 rental property inspections.  During the same fiscal year, the rental program brought in over $59,000 in permit fees.

Where Can I View the City of Newton's Minimum Rental Housing Code?
The below link will take you to the "Newton, Iowa, Code of Ordinances; Title 3, Environmental and Health; Chapter 151 - Minimum Rental House - Code".
Rental Housing Code

Most Common Questions for Owners
What do I do if I want to rent my property?
If you are a property owner and are thinking of renting, please call our office at (641) 792-3347 or click on our Permits page to find out more about this ordinance.  Failing to obtain a rental permit is a violation of ordinance 21.0105.

What can I do to express the importance of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to my tenants?
Click on the following link for a sample letter to share with your renters.
Extinguisher and Detector Tampering Contract

What does the Fire Marshal look for when completing an inspection?
Rental Inspection Checklist

Where can I service or recharge fire extinguishers?
Here are just a few options NFD uses for Fire Equipment Service

Most Common Questions for Renters
What can I do about a possible mold issue?
Click on the following link for an information sheet on mold developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Mold Handout  For more concerns about mold please refer to:

What can I do if I want to submit a concern about a rental property?
Report a Rental Property Concern

Mike Knoll
Fire Marshal
Newton Fire Department
410 S. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208

Ph: (641)792-3347
Fx: (641)791-0884 

Office Hours
Monday -Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm