Rent Increases & Fees in Wisconsin

Rent Increases & Fees in Wisconsin

Last Updated: May 9, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Wisconsin, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by WI Stat § 66.1015. This state preempts rent control. The law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it with proper notice.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases No Statute
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee No Statute

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Wisconsin?

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.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Wisconsin?

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 in Wisconsin?

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

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Wisconsin?

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))

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Wisconsin?

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

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Wisconsin

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 in Wisconsin

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

Wisconsin Cities 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.