The 2011-2012 legislative session in Wisconsin resulted in a few changes made to landlord – tenant law in Wisconsin. These changes were unique in that they took effect very quickly, only ten days after being signed into law, back on March 31, 2012.
The changes applies to the following sections of landlord – tenant law:
- How a landlord deals with personal property that a tenant leaves behind.
- Violations of law under Wis. Stat. chapter 704 can result in double damages plus attorney’s fees to be paid by the landlord.
- Landlords are required now to provide a new residential tenant with a check in sheet.
- Modifications have been made to reasons for which a landlord may withhold monies from a tenant’s security deposit.
- Landlords must disclose uncorrected housing or building code violations that may be a threat to the health or safety of a tenant before any earnest money or security deposit money is accepted from a tenant.
- Rental agreements are declared enforceable even if a provision of the agreement is found invalid or unenforceable. There are exceptions to this, however, and including certain provisions can void your agreement. Be sure to consult the Wis. Stat. chapter 704.44 for the complete list.
To view the updated chapter 704, visit the Wisconsin Legislative Documents website.
If you are currently a landlord or thinking about becoming one, staying current on landlord – tenant law is very important.
The above is not intended as legal advice. If you need help with the specifics of the changes in the law and how they apply to your situation, please consult your attorney.