Wisconsin Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 9, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Wisconsin state landlords can raise rent if appropriate notice is given.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. It is customary for a Wisconsin landlord to provide 28 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Late Rent Fees. Wisconsin state landlords may charge for late rent fees only if it is indicated in the lease.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Wisconsin landlord must abide by the written rental agreement. However, a landlord may increase rent at any time on a month-to-month tenant so long as the appropriate notice is provided.

Questions? To chat with a Wisconsin landlord tenant attorney, Click here

When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Wisconsin landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

It is also illegal for a Wisconsin landlord to increase rent in retaliation for a tenant filing a claim regarding the health and safety of the property with the appropriate agency, complaining to the landlord about code violations, or exercising his/her tenant rights (Wisconsin Statute 704.45).

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

Wisconsin does not regulate the maximum amount of rent a landlord may charge.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Although the state has no specific legislation regarding notice for increasing rent, it is appropriate to provide the same amount of notice to end a tenancy. It is customary that a Wisconsin landlord provide at least a 28-Day Notice before increasing rent. (Wisconsin Statute 704.19(3))

For a FREE rent increase notice template, click here.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Wisconsin does not legislate how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Wisconsin does not have a statute on the amount that a landlord may charge for late fees. Any late fee information should be written in the lease.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

Wisconsin has no statute for the amount a landlord can charge for insufficient funds. These fees should be in the lease agreement.

Cities in the State With Rent Control

Wisconsin has no legislation limiting the amount of rent a landlord may charge. The state does have legislation preempting rent control legislation.