- Eviction Notice for Non-Compliance – 5-Day Notice to Comply [.pdf], 14-Day Notice to Quit [.pdf], 30-Day Notice to Comply [.pdf] (read more)
- Lease Termination Notice – 28-Day Notice to Quit [.pdf] (read more)
- Eviction Notice for Imminent Harm – 5-Day Notice [.pdf] (read more)
- Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity – Unconditional Notice to Quit [.pdf] (read more)
A Wisconsin eviction notice form for non-compliance is a written document that states a tenant has 5 days to comply or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other grounds for eviction in Wisconsin.
Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices, and types of notices for all possible grounds for eviction.
Information Required for all Wisconsin Eviction Notices
Under Wisconsin law, a landlord is expected to provide some basic information on all eviction notices, including:
- The date the tenant needs to move out
- The reason for the eviction
- What the tenant can do to comply with the notice to avoid eviction, if that is allowed
While not directly spelled out in Wisconsin state law, it might also be a good idea to include:
- The name and contact information of the landlord or the landlord’s agent/representative
- The name and contact information of the person being evicted (to be sure the correct person receives the notice)
The landlord may also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand delivered.
In addition, the landlord should keep the receipt number if the notice was delivered by registered or certified mail.
Acceptable Ways of Delivering Eviction Notices
In the state of Wisconsin, landlords can “give” an eviction notice in the following ways:
- Giving it to the tenant in person
- Leaving it with a family member at least 14 years old, if tenant isn’t home
- Leaving it with anyone who appears to be occupying the rental unit, if tenant isn’t home
- Posting the notice in an obvious place on the rental property, AND mailing the notice to the tenant’s last known address via regular mail (only if it’s not possible to leave with tenant or tenant’s family member)
- Mailing it to the tenant’s last known address via registered or certified mail
- Publishing the notice in a local paper (only if it’s not possible to leave with tenant or tenant’s family member)
Posting or publishing the notice are only allowed, if the tenant/tenant’s family members aren’t at the rental unit when the notice is delivered.
Types of Eviction Notices
Each possible ground for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.
Eviction Notice for Non-Compliance: 5/14/30-Day Notice
When a tenant has violated the terms of a rental agreement/lease, including for nonpayment of rent, and the tenant is week-to-week, month-to-month, or has a lease for a year or less, a Wisconsin landlord can give the tenant 5 days’ written notice to comply or move out.
Get the downloadable 5-Day Notice to Comply form template below (.pdf direct link).
Landlords also have the option of giving week-to-week or month-to-month tenants a 14-day written notice to move out, without giving them the option to comply or pay rent.
Get the downloadable 14-Day Notice to Quit form template below (.pdf direct link).
For tenants with leases longer than one year, landlords must give tenants 30 days’ written notice to comply by either paying rent in full or correcting any lease violations.
Get the downloadable 30-Day Notice to Comply form template below (.pdf direct link).
Non-compliance does not include illegal activity or imminent harm to other tenants, which are addressed separately below. However, non-compliance does include building health/safety violations.
Lease Termination Notice for Tenants at Will: 7/28-Day Notice of Termination
If a Wisconsin landlord wants to end a rental agreement for reasons other than nonpayment of rent, violation of the rental agreement, illegal activity, or threat of imminent harm to others, they must still give written notice to the tenant.
For all week-to-week tenancies, landlords must give tenants at least 7 days’ notice.
For all tenancies in which rent is paid monthly, landlords must give tenants 28 days’ notice.
The notice must include the date the lease will be terminated and the fact that the landlord intends to terminate the lease.
Get the downloadable 28-Day Lease Termination form template below (.pdf direct link).
Eviction Notice for Imminent Harm: 5-Day Notice to Quit
If a tenant poses an imminent threat to any other tenant (or child of any other tenant), and there’s a protection order, condition of release prohibiting contact with another tenant, or criminal complaint against the tenant, the landlord must give that tenant a 5-day written eviction notice.
The eviction notice must specify why the tenant is being evicted, the tenant’s right to dispute the eviction in court, and the date the tenant must move out.
The tenant does not have the option to avoid this type of eviction and must move out.
Order the 5-Day Notice to Quit for Imminent Harm form template here. (Note: there is a small fee of $3.17 to purchase the form.)
Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity
If tenants, their guests, or members of the tenant’s household participate in illegal activity in the rental unit or on rental property grounds, under Wisconsin law, the landlord can evict the tenant after giving 5 days’ notice.
“Illegal” activity includes: criminal activity, illegal drug activity, and violent acts that affect the health/safety of the residents in the rental unit or the surrounding neighborhoods. In these instances, tenants don’t have the option of correcting the issue in order to avoid eviction.
Get the downloadable Unconditional Notice to Quit form template below (.pdf direct link).