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Landlord / Tenant Law

Many Wisconsin residents live in rental housing. State law provides a legal framework for the relationship between landlords and tenants. Many disputes between landlords and tenants can be avoided if both parties understand their legal rights and responsibilities (Source: DATCP).

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) handles consumer complaints between landlords and tenants, and includes landlord-tenant guides on their website.

The Tenant Resource Center, located in Dane County, has information on topics like security deposits, eviction, roommates, and more.

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Popular questions

Can I get evicted right now?

The CDC eviction moratorium is intended to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Fill out the CDC declaration form or use the CDC eviction moratorium assistant linked below to get started.

How long does an eviction stay on WCCA (also known as CCAP)?

An eviction stays on WCCA between two years (dismissed) and ten years (after evicted/writ issued). Evictions due to foreclosure are not posted on WCCA.

I need to find an eviction notice form

Because everyone’s situation is different, the Library can’t advise you on what form you need.

You can learn about eviction notices on the Tenant Resource Center website, or see the eviction notice grid from the Milwaukee Justice Center. The library re-sells some landlord/tenant notice forms.

The Tenant Resource Center provides sample notices for ending a tenancy on their website.

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Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation. Search the Wisconsin statutes & administrative code online.

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  • Landlord Tenant guide (DATCP)
    Discusses the applicability of residential rental practices rules to hotels and motels.

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Legal Assistance

  • Community Advocates
    (414) 449-4777 Serving people in need of urgent help, victims of domestic violence, people living with mental illness, and people dealing with substance abuse. Services include assistance with housing, utilities, health care, SSI and disability, homelessness and mental illness, and family violence.
  • Eviction Defense Project
    Meets in room G-9 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Thursdays from 12-3. Check the website for additional hours.
  • Eviction defense project
    Legal Action of Wisconsin's Eviction Defense Project (EDP) is court-based, FREE legal aid for low-income tenants who are facing eviction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dane County clinic is located at 744 Williamson St (same building as Ground Zero and El Dorado Grill). The office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and certain Fridays. Call the intake line to schedule an appointment: 855-947-2529.
  • Tenant Resource Center (UW-Madison location)
    (608) 216-2321 For UW-Madison students. Provides student tenant education, problem resolution assistance, and no cost mediation services for housing issues.

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