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Landlord Legislation in Wisconsin

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WI AB235 Rural economic development programs administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and farm support grants. (FE)

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 238.18 of the statutes; Relating to: rural economic development programs administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and farm support grants. (FE)
Sponsors
David Armstrong Travis Tranel Loren Oldenburg Mark Born Rachael Cabral-Guevara Calvin Callahan Cindi Duchow James Edming Jesse James Dan Knodl Scott Krug Tony Kurtz Clint Moses Jeffrey Mursau Warren Petryk Jon Plumer Donna Rozar Patrick Snyder Rob Swearingen Ron Tusler Tyler Vorpagel Robert Wittke Shannon Zimmerman Howard Marklein Kathleen Bernier Dan Feyen Mary Felzkowski
Last Action
Report vetoed by the Governor on 4-22-2021
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab235/

WI AB564 Reports concerning state agency expenditure of federal coronavirus relief funds and allocating federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for grants to school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools for mental health programs. (FE)

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 20.932 of the statutes; Relating to: reports concerning state agency expenditure of federal coronavirus relief funds and allocating federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for grants to school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools for mental health programs. (FE)
Sponsors
Jon Plumer
Last Action
Fiscal estimate received
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab564/

WI SB274 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for local highways and bridges.

WI AB390 Grants for the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, emergency medical services, and the city of Reedsburg community center. (FE)

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act Relating to: grants for the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, emergency medical services, and the city of Reedsburg community center. (FE)
Sponsors
Todd Novak Tony Kurtz Travis Tranel
Last Action
Fiscal estimate received
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab390/

WI AB236 Payments to certain long-term care facilities and their staff. (FE)

WI AB241 Retiring public debt and transportation revenue bonds. (FE)

WI AB234 Tourism industry grants. (FE)

WI AB238 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for local highways and bridges.

WI SB271 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for certain environmental purposes and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 281.73 of the statutes; Relating to: allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for certain environmental purposes and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
Sponsors
Robert Cowles Howard Marklein Mary Felzkowski Joan Ballweg Dan Feyen Joel Kitchens Jeremy Thiesfeldt Scott Krug David Armstrong Rachael Cabral-Guevara Cindi Duchow James Edming Jesse James Dan Knodl Tony Kurtz Amy Loudenbeck Clint Moses Jeffrey Mursau Loren Oldenburg Warren Petryk Donna Rozar Patrick Snyder Rob Swearingen Travis Tranel Robert Wittke Shannon Zimmerman
Last Action
Fiscal estimate received
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-sb271/

WI SB273 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for a statewide public safety interoperable communication system, emergency services IP network contracts, a geographic information systems database, and psychiatric treatment beds.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to renumber and amend 323.29 (3) (a); and to create 323.29 (3) (a) 2. and 323.29 (3) (b) 3. of the statutes; Relating to: allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for a statewide public safety interoperable communication system, emergency services IP network contracts, a geographic information systems database, and psychiatric treatment beds.
Sponsors
Kathleen Bernier Mary Felzkowski Jesse James Amy Loudenbeck David Armstrong Mark Born Rachael Cabral-Guevara Calvin Callahan Cindi Duchow James Edming Rick Gundrum Dan Knodl Scott Krug Clint Moses Jeffrey Mursau Loren Oldenburg Warren Petryk Jon Plumer Donna Rozar Patrick Snyder David Steffen Rob Swearingen Travis Tranel Tyler Vorpagel Robert Wittke Shannon Zimmerman
Last Action
Laid on table
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-sb273/

WI AB240 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for a statewide public safety interoperable communication system, emergency services IP network contracts, a geographic information systems database, and psychiatric treatment beds.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to renumber and amend 323.29 (3) (a); and to create 323.29 (3) (a) 2. and 323.29 (3) (b) 3. of the statutes; Relating to: allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for a statewide public safety interoperable communication system, emergency services IP network contracts, a geographic information systems database, and psychiatric treatment beds.
Sponsors
Jesse James Amy Loudenbeck David Armstrong Mark Born Rachael Cabral-Guevara Calvin Callahan Cindi Duchow James Edming Rick Gundrum Dan Knodl Scott Krug Clint Moses Jeffrey Mursau Loren Oldenburg Warren Petryk Jon Plumer Donna Rozar Patrick Snyder Rob Swearingen Travis Tranel Tyler Vorpagel Robert Wittke Shannon Zimmerman Kathleen Bernier Mary Felzkowski
Last Action
Report vetoed by the Governor on 4-22-2021
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab240/

WI AB243 Allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for certain environmental purposes and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 281.73 of the statutes; Relating to: allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds for certain environmental purposes and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
Sponsors
Joel Kitchens Jeremy Thiesfeldt Scott Krug David Armstrong Rachael Cabral-Guevara Cindi Duchow James Edming Jesse James Dan Knodl Tony Kurtz Amy Loudenbeck Clint Moses Jeffrey Mursau Loren Oldenburg Warren Petryk Donna Rozar Patrick Snyder Rob Swearingen Travis Tranel Robert Wittke Shannon Zimmerman Robert Cowles Howard Marklein Mary Felzkowski Joan Ballweg Dan Feyen
Last Action
Fiscal estimate received
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab243/

WI AB58 Terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to amend 704.16 (1) (b) (intro.), 704.16 (1) (b) 1., 704.16 (1) (b) 2., 704.16 (1) (b) 3., 704.16 (1) (b) 4., 704.16 (1) (b) 5., 704.16 (1) (b) 6., 704.16 (1) (b) 7. and 704.16 (2); and to create 704.01 (3e), 704.16 (1) (b) 8. and 704.16 (2m) of the statutes; Relating to: terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.
Sponsors
Jeremy Thiesfeldt Kenneth Skowronski David Armstrong David Bowen Janel Brandtjen Calvin Callahan Dora Drake Jodi Emerson Rick Gundrum Cody Horlacher Dan Knodl Clint Moses Jon Plumer Donna Rozar Lee Snodgrass Lisa Subeck Chuck Wichgers Andre Jacque Lena Taylor Kathleen Bernier Julian Bradley Timothy Carpenter LaTonya Johnson Janis Ringhand Kelda Roys
Last Action
Public hearing held
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-ab58/

WI SB67 Terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to amend 704.16 (1) (b) (intro.), 704.16 (1) (b) 1., 704.16 (1) (b) 2., 704.16 (1) (b) 3., 704.16 (1) (b) 4., 704.16 (1) (b) 5., 704.16 (1) (b) 6., 704.16 (1) (b) 7. and 704.16 (2); and to create 704.01 (3e), 704.16 (1) (b) 8. and 704.16 (2m) of the statutes; Relating to: terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.
Sponsors
Andre Jacque Lena Taylor Kathleen Bernier Julian Bradley Timothy Carpenter LaTonya Johnson Janis Ringhand Kelda Roys Jeremy Thiesfeldt Kenneth Skowronski David Armstrong David Bowen Janel Brandtjen Calvin Callahan Dora Drake Jodi Emerson Rick Gundrum Cody Horlacher Dan Knodl Clint Moses Jon Plumer Donna Rozar Lee Snodgrass Lisa Subeck Chuck Wichgers
Last Action
Available for scheduling
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2021-sb67/

WI SB841 Terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to amend 704.16 (1) (b) (intro.), 704.16 (1) (b) 1., 704.16 (1) (b) 2., 704.16 (1) (b) 3., 704.16 (1) (b) 4., 704.16 (1) (b) 5., 704.16 (1) (b) 6., 704.16 (1) (b) 7. and 704.16 (2); and to create 704.01 (3e), 704.16 (1) (b) 8. and 704.16 (2m) of the statutes; Relating to: terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.
Sponsors
Andre Jacque Timothy Carpenter Janis Ringhand Jeremy Thiesfeldt Cody Horlacher Chris Taylor Jodi Emerson Rick Gundrum Joe Sanfelippo Kenneth Skowronski Chuck Wichgers Lisa Subeck
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2019-sb841/

WI AB957 Terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to amend 704.16 (1) (b) (intro.), 704.16 (1) (b) 1., 704.16 (1) (b) 2., 704.16 (1) (b) 3., 704.16 (1) (b) 4., 704.16 (1) (b) 5., 704.16 (1) (b) 6., 704.16 (1) (b) 7. and 704.16 (2); and to create 704.01 (3e), 704.16 (1) (b) 8. and 704.16 (2m) of the statutes; Relating to: terminating a tenancy for fear of imminent violence.
Sponsors
Jeremy Thiesfeldt Cody Horlacher Chris Taylor Jodi Emerson Rick Gundrum Joe Sanfelippo Kenneth Skowronski Chuck Wichgers Lisa Subeck Andre Jacque Timothy Carpenter Janis Ringhand
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2019-ab957/

WI AB341 Grace period for late rent payments by tenants receiving military housing allowances. (FE)

WI SB639 The authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental properties and historic properties and of municipalities to inspect dwellings, public utility service to rental dwelling units, landlord and tenant regulations, fees imposed by a political subdivision, certain levy limit reductions, certain procedural changes in eviction actions, information available on the consolidated court automated Internet site, discrimination in housing against individuals who keep certain animals, falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal, municipal administrative procedure, enforcement of the rental unit energy efficiency program, and providing penalties. (FE)

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to repeal 66.0104 (2) (d) 2. c., 66.0104 (2) (g) and 106.50 (2r) (bm); to renumber 704.17 (1) and 799.06 (3); to renumber and amend 66.0809 (5) (am) and 704.07 (3) (a); to amend 59.69 (4m) (a), 60.64 (1), 62.23 (7) (em) 1., 66.0104 (2) (e) 1., 66.0104 (2) (e) 4., 66.0104 (3) (c), 66.0602 (2m) (b) 1., 66.0602 (2m) (b) 2., 66.0602 (2m) (b) 3., 66.0809 (3m) (a), 66.0809 (5) (b), 66.0821 (4) (a), 101.132 (2) (a) (intro.), 106.50 (2r) (c), 175.403 (2), 196.643 (title), 704.07 (4), 799.206 (3), 799.40 (4) (a) and 802.05 (2m); and to create 59.69 (4m) (bm), 60.64 (2m), 62.23 (7) (em) 2m., 66.0104 (2) (e) 2. am., 66.0104 (2m), 66.0628 (2m), 68.125, 101.02 (7w), 106.50 (1m) (im), 106.50 (1m) (mx), 106.50 (2r) (bg) and (br), 196.643 (3), 196.643 (4), 704.07 (3) (a) 1. and 2., 704.07 (5), 704.085, 704.10, 704.17 (1g), 704.17 (4m), 758.20, 799.06 (3) (b), 799.40 (1g) and 799.40 (1s) of the statutes; Relating to: the authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental properties and historic properties and of municipalities to inspect dwellings, public utility service to rental dwelling units, landlord and tenant regulations, fees imposed by a political subdivision, certain levy limit reductions, certain procedural changes in eviction actions, information available on the consolidated court automated Internet site, discrimination in housing against individuals who keep certain animals, falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal, municipal administrative procedure, enforcement of the rental unit energy efficiency program, and providing penalties. (FE)
Sponsors
Frank Lasee David Craig Robert Brooks Michael Schraa Janel Brandtjen
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-sb639/

WI SB281 The organization and operation of cooperatives and extensions of credit by electric cooperatives.

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to repeal 185.21 (2) (c); to renumber and amend 185.31 (1); to amend 185.01 (4) (a), 185.03 (10) (d), 185.38 (1) (intro.), 185.47 and 185.72 (1) (c); and to create 185.12 (5m), 185.31 (1) (b), 185.38 (1m) and 185.995 of the statutes; Relating to: the organization and operation of cooperatives and extensions of credit by electric cooperatives.
Sponsors
Patrick Testin Robert Cowles Janet Bewley Terry Moulton Sheila Harsdorf Janis Ringhand Howard Marklein Kathleen Vinehout Gary Tauchen Lee Nerison Ed Brooks Todd Novak Dave Considine Ron Tusler Robert Kulp Kathleen Bernier Romaine Quinn Warren Petryk Beth Meyers Keith Ripp Travis Tranel Joan Ballweg Scott Krug James Edming Rob Summerfield Don Vruwink Steve Doyle Debra Kolste Nancy Vander Meer Jeffrey Mursau Treig Pronschinske Evan Goyke
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-sb281/

WI SB455 Various changes regarding the laws governing real estate practice and the licensure of real estate brokers and salespersons and granting rule-making authority.

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to renumber 452.01 (2) (h) and 452.137 (1) (c); to renumber and amend 452.06 (1), 452.137 (1) (a), 452.137 (2) (a) (intro.), 452.137 (2) (a) 1. and 452.137 (2) (a) 2.; to amend 452.01 (2) (a), 452.01 (5m) (a), 452.05 (1) (b), 452.133 (title), 452.134 (1) (a), 452.137 (2) (c), 452.137 (4) (a), 452.137 (4) (b) (intro.) and 452.25 (1) (a); to repeal and recreate 452.14 (3) (p); and to create 452.01 (2) (d), 452.01 (5e), 452.06 (1) (c), 452.07 (3), 452.133 (3) (d), 452.136, 452.137 (1) (am), 452.137 (1) (cm), 452.137 (1) (e), 452.137 (2) (am), 452.137 (2) (b) 3., 452.137 (2) (bm), 452.137 (4) (c) and 452.25 (1) (f) of the statutes; Relating to: various changes regarding the laws governing real estate practice and the licensure of real estate brokers and salespersons and granting rule-making authority.
Sponsors
Frank Lasee Scott Allen Bob Gannon John Jagler Robert Brooks
Last Action
Published 12-1-2017
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-sb455/

WI AB771 The authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental properties and historic properties and of municipalities to inspect dwellings, public utility service to rental dwelling units, landlord and tenant regulations, fees imposed by a political subdivision, certain levy limit reductions, certain procedural changes in eviction actions, information available on the consolidated court automated Internet site, discrimination in housing against individuals who keep certain animals, falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal, municipal administrative procedure, enforcement of the rental unit energy efficiency program, and providing penalties. (FE)

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to repeal 66.0104 (2) (d) 2. c., 66.0104 (2) (g) and 106.50 (2r) (bm); to renumber 704.17 (1) and 799.06 (3); to renumber and amend 66.0809 (5) (am) and 704.07 (3) (a); to amend 59.69 (4m) (a), 60.64 (1), 62.23 (7) (em) 1., 66.0104 (2) (e) 1., 66.0104 (2) (e) 4., 66.0104 (3) (c), 66.0602 (2m) (b) 1., 66.0602 (2m) (b) 2., 66.0602 (2m) (b) 3., 66.0809 (3m) (a), 66.0809 (5) (b), 66.0821 (4) (a), 101.132 (2) (a) (intro.), 106.50 (2r) (c), 175.403 (2), 196.643 (title), 704.07 (4), 799.206 (3), 799.40 (4) (a) and 802.05 (2m); and to create 59.69 (4m) (bm), 60.64 (2m), 62.23 (7) (em) 2m., 66.0104 (2) (e) 2. am., 66.0104 (2m), 66.0628 (2m), 68.125, 101.02 (7w), 106.50 (1m) (im), 106.50 (1m) (mx), 106.50 (2r) (bg) and (br), 196.643 (3), 196.643 (4), 704.07 (3) (a) 1. and 2., 704.07 (5), 704.085, 704.10, 704.17 (1g), 704.17 (4m), 758.20, 799.06 (3) (b), 799.40 (1g) and 799.40 (1s) of the statutes; Relating to: the authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental properties and historic properties and of municipalities to inspect dwellings, public utility service to rental dwelling units, landlord and tenant regulations, fees imposed by a political subdivision, certain levy limit reductions, certain procedural changes in eviction actions, information available on the consolidated court automated Internet site, discrimination in housing against individuals who keep certain animals, falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal, municipal administrative procedure, enforcement of the rental unit energy efficiency program, and providing penalties. (FE)
Sponsors
Robert Brooks Michael Schraa Janel Brandtjen Frank Lasee David Craig
Last Action
Published 4-17-2018
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-ab771/

WI AB76 Lead testing and disclosures for certain rental properties.

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 704.55 of the statutes; Relating to: lead testing and disclosures for certain rental properties.
Sponsors
Chris Taylor Cory Mason Tod Ohnstad Jimmy Anderson Frederick Kessler Melissa Sargent Jonathan Brostoff David Crowley Terese Berceau Evan Goyke David Bowen Josh Zepnick Dana Wachs Jason Fields Jocasta Zamarripa Christine Sinicki LaTonya Johnson Timothy Carpenter Christopher Larson Lena Taylor
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-ab76/

WI SB41 Lead testing and disclosures for certain rental properties.

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to create 704.55 of the statutes; Relating to: lead testing and disclosures for certain rental properties.
Sponsors
LaTonya Johnson Timothy Carpenter Christopher Larson Lena Taylor Chris Taylor Cory Mason Tod Ohnstad Jimmy Anderson Frederick Kessler Melissa Sargent Jonathan Brostoff David Crowley Terese Berceau Evan Goyke David Bowen Josh Zepnick Dana Wachs Jason Fields Jocasta Zamarripa Christine Sinicki
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-sb41/

WI AB353 The organization and operation of cooperatives and extensions of credit by electric cooperatives.

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to repeal 185.21 (2) (c); to renumber and amend 185.31 (1); to amend 185.01 (4) (a), 185.03 (10) (d), 185.38 (1) (intro.), 185.47 and 185.72 (1) (c); and to create 185.12 (5m), 185.31 (1) (b), 185.38 (1m) and 185.995 of the statutes; Relating to: the organization and operation of cooperatives and extensions of credit by electric cooperatives.
Sponsors
Gary Tauchen Lee Nerison Ed Brooks Todd Novak Dave Considine Ron Tusler Robert Kulp Kathleen Bernier Romaine Quinn Warren Petryk Beth Meyers Keith Ripp Travis Tranel Joan Ballweg Scott Krug James Edming Rob Summerfield Don Vruwink Steve Doyle Debra Kolste Nancy Vander Meer Jeffrey Mursau Treig Pronschinske Evan Goyke Patrick Testin Robert Cowles Janet Bewley Terry Moulton Sheila Harsdorf Janis Ringhand Howard Marklein Kathleen Vinehout
Last Action
Published 11-28-2017
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2017-ab353/

WI SB445 Terminating a tenancy for criminal activity or drug-related criminal activity; disposition of personal property left in rental property by a trespasser; preexisting sprinkler ordinances that are stricter than the multifamily dwelling code; towing vehicles illegally parked on private property; terminating certain tenancies for breaches other than failure to pay rent; limitations on the authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental units, historic properties, and signs; prohibiting local governmental units from imposing real property purchase or residential real property occupancy requirements; creating a criminal penalty; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Introduced Session

2015-2016 Regular Session

Summary
An Act to repeal 66.1019 (3) (b) and 101.975 (3); to renumber 706.22 (2) (a) 1., 706.22 (2) (a) 2. and 706.22 (2) (a) 3.; to renumber and amend 66.1019 (3) (a), 704.17 (5), 706.22 (2) (b), 706.22 (3) and 943.14; to amend 20.505 (7) (h), 59.69 (4m), 60.64, 62.23 (7) (em), 66.0418 (title), 66.0809 (9), 101.02 (7m), 349.13 (3m) (dr) 2., 349.13 (3m) (e) 1., 349.13 (3m) (e) 3., 704.17 (1) (b), 704.17 (2) (b), 704.19 (2) (b) 2., 706.22 (title), 706.22 (2) (title), 706.22 (2) (a) (intro.) and 800.035 (1); and to create 66.0104 (2) (e), 66.0104 (2) (f), 66.0104 (2) (g), 66.0104 (3) (c), 66.0418 (3), 175.403, 704.055, 704.17 (3m), 704.17 (5) (b), 706.22 (2) (a) 2m., 706.22 (2) (a) 3m., 706.22 (2) (b) 2., 706.22 (3) (b) and 943.14 (1) of the statutes; Relating to: terminating a tenancy for criminal activity or drug-related criminal activity; disposition of personal property left in rental property by a trespasser; preexisting sprinkler ordinances that are stricter than the multifamily dwelling code; towing vehicles illegally parked on private property; terminating certain tenancies for breaches other than failure to pay rent; limitations on the authority of political subdivisions to regulate rental units, historic properties, and signs; prohibiting local governmental units from imposing real property purchase or residential real property occupancy requirements; creating a criminal penalty; and making an appropriation. (FE)
Sponsors
Frank Lasee Duey Stroebel Robert Brooks Scott Allen
Last Action
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/wi-2015-sb445/

Must-Know Wisconsin Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Wisconsin Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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