How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Wisconsin

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Wisconsin

Last Updated: April 14, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

In Wisconsin, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

A 5 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent is an eviction notice for tenants, with a tenancy of one year or less or year-to-year, that do not pay rent in full and on time. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Wisconsin. Landlords can serve notice starting the day after rent is due.

A 30 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent is an eviction notice for tenants, with a tenancy of more than one (1) year, that do not pay rent in full and on time. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Wisconsin. Landlords can serve notice starting the day after rent is due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Wisconsin

A landlord can deliver notices in Wisconsin using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a family member, at least 14 years of age, or a competent person AND mailing the notice by registered or certified mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice to a conspicuous place on the premises AND mailing the notice by registered or certified mail with a return receipt.

When sending the notice by mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Wisconsin 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph and completing a Declaration of Service.
  • Registered/Certified Mail – return receipt and completing a Declaration of Service.

Wisconsin Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent

(Tenancy of 1 Year or Less and Year-to-Year)

14 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent

(Repeat Offense)

(Tenancy of 1 Year or Less and Year-to-Year)

30 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent

(Tenancy of More than 1 Year)

5 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation

(Tenancy of 1 Year or Less and Year-to-Year)

30 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation

(Tenancy of More than 1 Year)

14 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation

(Repeat Offense)

(Tenancy of 1 Year or Less and Year-to-Year)

5 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Illegal Activity

(All Tenancies)

7 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
28 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease
Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension Renewing or Extending Lease Term

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