Wisconsin Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 1, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Wisconsin eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Wisconsin landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Wisconsin Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
5 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent – First Offense

Tenancy of Year-to-Year or Less

Yes
14 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent – Repeat Offense

Tenancy of Year-to-Year or Less

No
30 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent – First / Repeat Offense

Tenancy of More than 1 Year

Yes
5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation – First Offense

Tenancy of Year-to-Year or Less

Yes
30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation – First / Repeat Offense

Tenancy of More than 1 Year

Yes
14 Day Notice To Vacate Lease Violation – Repeat Offense

Tenancy of Year-to-Year or Less

No
5 Day Notice To Vacate Illegal Activity

All Tenancies

No
28 Day Notice To Vacate No Lease No

Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Quit

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A Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Quit evicts for a first-time nonpayment of rent, in a tenancy that’s year-to-year or less than one (1) year. In Wisconsin, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or move out within five (5) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays).

If a tenant defaults on rent again within 12 months, the landlord can evict using a 14 Day Notice To Vacate, which doesn’t allow the tenant a chance to pay the past due balance.

Wisconsin 14 Day Notice To Quit

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A Wisconsin 14 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for repeated nonpayment of rent during the past 12 months. In Wisconsin, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant.

If the tenancy is year-to-year or for a term of (1) year or less, the tenant has no opportunity to cure the violation and must move out within fourteen (14) calendar days. For longer tenancies, the tenant has fourteen calendar days to pay the past due balance or move out, even though it’s a repeat offense.

Wisconsin 30 Day Notice To Quit

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A Wisconsin 30 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for nonpayment of rent, in tenancies of more than one (1) year. In Wisconsin, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or else move out within thirty (30) calendar days.

Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate applies to year-to-year tenancies and tenancies of less than than one (1) year, and demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include property damage, failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, or interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors.

Tenants must take the necessary corrective action or move out within five (5) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays). If a tenant repeats the same violation within 12 months, the landlord can evict using a 14 Day Notice To Vacate, which doesn’t allow the tenant a chance to cure the violation.

Wisconsin 30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Wisconsin 30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate applies to tenancies of more than one (1) year, and demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include property damage, failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, or interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors.

Tenants must take the necessary corrective action or move out within thirty (30) calendar days. This applies even if the violation has been repeated within the past year.

Wisconsin 14 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Wisconsin 14 Day Notice To Vacate evicts year-to-year tenants or tenants who have resided on the premises under one (1) year, who have repeated a curable violation of the lease within the past 12 months. Since this is a repeat violation, tenants are not given an opportunity for corrective action, and must move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the notice.

Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Wisconsin 5 Day Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for illegal activity on the premises. This includes all criminal activity, such as drug offenses or violent crimes, but may also extend to civil offenses that violate the law. The tenant is not given an opportunity for corrective action and must move out within five (5) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving the notice.

Wisconsin 28 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Wisconsin 28 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease as well as an expired lease or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least twenty-eight (28) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Wisconsin       

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Calculate Expiration Date in Wisconsin

The “clock” for an eviction notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

In Wisconsin, for a notice period of fewer than eleven (11) days, only judicial days are counted. This means weekends and legal holidays are not counted for these shorter notices.

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Wisconsin  

Wisconsin landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a person at least 14 years of age who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail
  3. Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail

Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

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