Call us at: 319.338.7058
Office location: 1015 Oakcrest St., Iowa City, IA 52246

FAQs

FAQs


The first step in renting a unit is to complete a Rental Application form and submit to our office along with the $20 processing fee and a copy of your photo I.D. The completed application can be submitted in person to our office, or emailed to us at jjapartments@gmail.com.

Yes. Anyone 18 yrs of age and older planning to live in the unit will need to complete an application.

We require a minimum credit score and good rental history (if you have rented previously). In some cases, we may require a co-signer for the lease. A security deposit equal to one monhth’s rent is due upon lease signing. The first month’s rent is due on the first day of the lease period.

All leases are 12 months.

No.We can make multiple appointments to sign the lease to accomodate different schedules. We can also mail or fax the lease to you if you have not yet signed.

Rent is due on the 1st of each month. You will not be sent a bill each month. It is the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent each month in a timely manner. Rent is to be paid with ONE check, with NAME and APARTMENT NUMBER clearly noted. If for any reason the tenant’s check is returned without having been paid, (due to non-sufficient funds, closed account, etc) Tenant agrees that a non-sufficient funds fee will be charged to the Tenant. Such fee is chargeable separately against each Tenant tendering his or her portion of the rent.  If for any reason a check is returned dishonored, no personal checks will be accepted from that tenant for future rent payments. Late fee may also be imposed.

Rent can be paid in the form of cash, check or money order. Rent can be dropped off at either office location. It is the tenant’s responsiblity to request and retain reciept for cash payments. Rent is to be paid with ONE check, with NAME and APARTMENT NUMBER clearly noted.  If for any reason the tenant’s check is returned without having been paid, (due to non-sufficient funds, closed account, etc.) Tenant agrees that a non-sufficient funds fee will be charged to the Tenant.

Main office:
1015 Oakcrest St. #I-9
Iowa City, IA 52246
Second office location (for drop-off or by appointment only):
624 S. Clinton St.
Iowa City, IA 52240

No, rent is to be paid with one check and one check only. Tenants can sign up for automatic rent withdrawal from multiple bank accounts.

Yes. Please contact the office for an automatic rent withdrawl authorization form. The completed form, a start date, and a voided check is needed to start the process.

Rent is due on the first day of your lease. Please see your lease agreement for exact date.

Tenants will be charged a late payment fee of $12 per day up to $60 per month if the monthly rent does not exceed $700 per month, or $20 per day up to $100 per month if the monthly rent exceeds $700 per month, pursuant to Iowa Code Section 562A.9(3)(A).  Rent paid by mail shall be deemed paid on the postmarked date. Such fee is chargeable separately against each Tenant tendering his or her portion of the rent. If for any reason a check is returned dishonored, no personal checks will be accepted from that tenant for future rent payments.  Late fee may also be imposed.

If you would like to end your lease prior to the expiration date, you will need to find a subleaser to take over the remainder of the lease period. The potential subleaser must fill out an application and be approved by J&J Real Estate. Contact the J&J office for help subleasing your unit. J&J will post the unit on our website and may refer inquiries to existing tenant(s).

Yes. If you choose to sublet your unit, you will be responsible for finding a new tenant or tenants. They must complete an application, be approved by management and sign a sublease agreement with J&J Real Estate.

Yes, J&J has a pest control company to spray our units. If you notice pests in your unit, please contact the office and we can have your unit sprayed.

No, we do not allow any pets in our rental units.

Examples of issues qualifying as maintenance emergencies are as follows: (Please note this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Water that won’t shut off (slow dripping faucets are not an emergency)
  • Clogged toilet that you are unable to plunge yourself (ONLY an emergency if there is only 1 toilet in your unit)
  • No Heat (No air conditioning is not an emergency)
  • Security issues (Non functioning door lock, broken window)

If you have a maintenance issue, please contact the office as soon as possile, the sooner the issue is reported the sooner we can address the problem. Do not let a small issue turn into a LARGE PROBLEM.

No, the heat should never be turned off during cold weather months. Thermostats must not be set lower than 65 degrees during this time. Turning the heat off can result in frozen pipes which may burst and cause significant water damage to the apartment and to your belongings. Tenants who do not comply with this rule will be charged with any subsequent damage. If all tenants of a unit are gone for a period of 7 or more days, please call the office to notify us.

All light bulbs should be in working order when you move in. You are responsible for changing the light bulbs in your unit throughout the term of your lease. If your ceilings are higher than 8 feet and a ladder is required, please contact the office and J&J will send maintenance over with a ladder to change the bulbs. J&J will also change any florenscent tube lights. You are also required to leave light bulbs in working condition when you move out.

If an outlet in a room isn’t working, that outlet is most likely wired to a 3-way switch. One of the light switches in the room should control the power to the outlet so you may plug in a lamp. If the non-working outlet is a kitchen or bathroom outlet, the GFCI outlet may have been tripped. Pressing the re-set button in the middle of the outlet will restore power to the outlet. You may also want to check the circuit breaker to make sure it has not been tripped.

Check under the kitchen cabinet that the garbage disposal is plugged in, then press the re-set button on the bottom of the garbage disposal. If this does not work, please contact the office and we can send maintenance out.

If the smoke detector is chirping every minute or so, the battery should be replaced. Tenants are responsible for changing the battery in their smoke detector. If you cannot reach your smoke detector or if it is hard wired, please contact the J&J office.

Your deposit, minus any charges or fees as outlined in your Rental Agreement, will be mailed within 30 days of the lease expiration to the forwarding address you provide to J&J.

Make sure your unit is clean. Keeping your unit clean throughout your lease term will make it easier at move out. A move out cleaning guide can be found on our website. Also make sure to report any damages when you move in and throughout your lease term so they can be taken care of early and not turn into larger problems.
Prior to moving out, tenants should turn in a forwarding address form (available on our website or in our office) as well as all door keys, mail keys and garage door openers.

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