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In Iowa, a tenant can either take the landlord to small claims court and ask a court to order the landlord to make the repairs OR the tenant can withhold rent and use the withheld money to make the repairs to the property. Here's a good link you can read: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/iowa-tenant-rights-withhold-rent-repair-deduct.html
Before withholding rent, the tenant must give the landlord a written notice and demand the repairs and tell the landlord that if the repairs aren't made that you'll withhold rent.