Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension

Last Updated: March 5, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension is a letter which complies with state legal requirements for a landlord to renew or extend a lease. The tenant must receive notice at least fifteen (15) calendar days, but not more than thirty (30) calendar days before the tenant would otherwise be required to give notice of intent to vacate.

When To Use a Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension

A Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension lets a tenant know of the landlord’s intention to renew a rental agreement or extend the term of a lease. This notice satisfies the landlord’s legal notice requirement for a renewal or extension provision in the lease.

This type of notice only applies to renewal or extension of a lease in good standing. For situations where the landlord and tenant are not in agreement, one of Wisconsin‘s lease termination notices or eviction notices may instead be appropriate.

How To Write a Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice of Renewal or Extension:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the current termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Detail the desired extension of the lease or tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating 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 Serve a Wisconsin Notice of Lease Renewal or Extension

Wisconsin landlords may deliver a Notice of Renewal or Extension using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a family member of the other party at least age 14 on the property and informing them of the contents of the notice
  3. Hand delivery to someone in charge of or occupying the tenant’s address of record, PLUS delivery by mail
  4. Only after all hand delivery attempts fail: Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door, PLUS delivery by mail
  5. Delivery by registered or certified mail to the tenant’s last known address

Counting for a notice period begins immediately upon delivery unless there is a mailed component. If the letter is mailed by regular mail, counting begins when the notice has been both mailed, and hand-delivered/posted. When delivering by registered or certified mail ONLY, counting begins on the 2nd calendar day after mailing (or 5th calendar day, if mailed out of state).

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.