Iowa Submetering Laws

Iowa allows landlords and property managers to install submetering systems and bill residents for individualized utility usage.

Residential water, electric and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all legal in Iowa. Lease agreements should be explicit about utility billing practices, rates and charges, however.

If you have questions about submetering or RUBS in Iowa, contact us for information about your specific situation.

Starting Submetering in Iowa

It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in Iowa. It’s typically best to contact a utility billing and consulting firm like Synergy to ensure 100% compliance and effectiveness.

Submeters, with individual meters for each unit, can be used in existing buildings or new construction in Iowa. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible.

Steps to Implement Submetering in Iowa

Implementing submetering and outsourcing multifamily utility billing is a surprisingly quick process.

Utility submetering and outsourced utility billing in Iowa can be implemented in as little as a few weeks, at no net cost to the property owner or manager.