Grab our free sample or generate an official Wisconsin lease agreement for residential use. Read further about required disclosures in Wisconsin, optional addendums for things like pets, and what Wisconsin landlord tenant laws apply to residential lease agreements.
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Security Deposits in Wisconsin
According to Wis. Admin. Code §§ 134.06, there is not a maximum amount that a landlord can charge a tenant for a security deposit. It just has to be a reasonable amount that the tenant is willing to pay to secure the property. This amount can be used to repair any damage in the unit when the tenant moves out. It can also cover the cost of any back rent that has not been paid after the tenant vacates the unit. If the security deposit is used to cover damages, and itemized list of the charges must be sent to the tenant. If it is not being used, the landlord will have to return the deposit to the tenant within 21 days of the property being vacant.
Breaking a Lease in Wisconsin
When a tenant breaks the lease early, in the state of Wisconsin, they will be required to cover the rent that would have been owed until the rental term expired. However, the landlord must also attempt to fill the vacancy. If they just sit back and wait, the tenant will likely not be required to cover the full term that they agreed to when they signed the rental agreement. There are a few reasons for breaking the lease that will be considered justified, and they include:
- Starting active duty in the military.
- The rental unit is unsafe.
- The rental unit violates health codes.
- The landlord has been harassing the tenant.
- The landlord violates the tenant’s rights.
Eviction Process in Wisconsin
In the state of Wisconsin, the landlord will serve the tenant with a Notice to Quit form when they breach the terms of the rental contract in any way. There is a form that is used for rental agreements that are less than a year and another one for a rental term that is longer than a year. If a second violation occurs, regardless of the length of the lease, the tenant will receive a notification that will not allow them to cure the issue; they will have to move out. If the tenant does not respond to the notice, the landlord can take the matter to a small claims court in the county where the rental property is located. At the court, they will file a summons and complaint. This must be served to the tenant, and they will need to respond by attending the court date.