Wisconsin Residential Sublease Agreement

The Wisconsin sublease agreement allows an existing tenant to rent (“sublease”) all or part of a rental property to a new tenant (“sublessee”). The sublessee makes regular payments to relieve the initial tenant’s rental obligation. The original tenant must have permission from the landlord to begin this contract.

Subletting Laws in Wisconsin

There are no specific sublease laws in this state, so unless the landlord has strictly prohibited this type of agreement in the original lease, the tenant will be able to create a sublease agreement for the property that they are renting. The landlord may request to take part in the selection of the new tenant, but they will not be able to prevent the agreement from occurring. In fact, it is going to be best for the tenant to send the landlord a notification to make sure that both parties are on the same page before beginning a rental agreement with a sublessee. Make sure to send the notice via certified mail, so that there is proof of when the notice was received. If the landlord does not respond within a two week period, the tenant can assume that they are giving their consent to the arrangement.

What to Include in a Wisconsin Sublease Agreement

  • The date of the sublease agreement, and whether or not the sublessee will have the option of extending the lease or putting it in their name.
  • The full names of the new tenant and the original one. In this agreement, they will be referred to as the sublessee and the sublessor.
  • The terms of the rental agreement. Make sure to include a copy of the original lease document as a reference for the sublessee.
  • The amount of rent that the sublessee will need to pay each month and the day that it is due.
  • The security deposit that the new tenant will be responsible for paying.
  • The utilities and other expenses that the sublessee will be responsible for paying. Also, make sure to include in any utilities that will need to be transferred to the new tenant’s name.
  • The document will end with the signature of both parties and the signature of consent from the landlord.