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Small Claims Iowa

You can always sue an individual Iowa Small Claims Court if they live in Iowa County. You can always sue a company in Iowa Small Claims lowa if their business is located in Iowa County. Small claims courts can only hear specific types of cases. Most small claims courts can only hear civil cases involving small amounts of money, usually around $10,000 or less. Iowa Small Claims Court can hear Civil Court Cases, such as:

  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Personal injury claims (such as dog bites)
  • Collection on debts or loan repayments
  • Professional negligence claims (like bad car repairs)
  • Claims regarding the return of a renter's security deposit or personal property
  • Issues with contractors or home remodels
  • Property damage claims
  • Claims involving eviction notices or unlawful eviction
  • False arrest claims
  • Libel or slander cases
  • Counterclaims to a lawsuit

Once a case is filed in Iowa small claims court, the hearing will be scheduled within 30- 70 days. You must serve the small claims lawsuit on the defendant at least 15 days before the hearing if the defendant lives or resides within Iowa county. If the defendant resides outside of Iowa county, you must serve them at least 20 days before the hearing. Make sure to File "Proof of Service" at least 5 days before the hearing.

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