Wisconsin Required Landlord Disclosures

Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Wisconsin must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.

Wisconsin requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants:

Owner or agent identity. Landlord must disclose to the tenant in writing, at or before the time a rental agreement is signed, the name and address of:
the person or persons authorized to collect or receive rent and manage and maintain the premises, and who can readily be contacted by the tenant; andthe owner of the premises or other person authorized to accept service of legal process and other notices and demands on behalf of the owner. The address must be an address within the state at which service of process can be made in person.(Wis. Admin. Code §134.04)

Nonstandard rental provisions. If landlord wants to enter premises for reasons not specified by law, landlord must disclose the provision in a separate written document entitled "NONSTANDARD RENTAL PROVISIONS" before the rental agreement is signed. (Wis. Admin. Code §134.09)

Habitality deficiencies. Landlord must disclose serious problems that affect the rental unit's habitability. (Wis. Admin. Code §134.04)

Utility charges. If charges for water, heat or electricity are not included in the rent, the landlord must disclose this fact to the tenant before entering into a rental agreement or accepting any earnest money or security deposit from the prospective tenant. If individual dwelling units and common areas are not separately metered, and if the charges are not included in the rent, the landlord must disclose the basis on which charges for utility services will be allocated among individual dwelling units. (Wis. Admin. Code 134.04)

Uncorrected code violations. Before signing a rental contract or accepting a security deposit, the landlord must disclose to the tenant any uncorrected code violation of which the landlord is actually aware, which affects the dwelling unit or a common area and poses a significant threat to the tenant's health or safety. “Disclosure” consists of showing prospective tenants the portions of the building affected, as well as the notices themselves. (Wis. Stat. § §704.07(2)(bm), 134.04)

Disposing of abandoned property. If landlord intends to immediately dispose of any tenant property left behind after move-out, landlord must notify tenant at the time lease is signed. (But landlord must hold prescription medications and medical equipment for seven days, and must give notice before disposing of vehicles or manufactured homes to owner and any known secured party.) (Wis. Stat. §704.05 (5).)

Move-in checklist. Tenant has a right to inspect the rental and give landlord a list of defects, and to receive a list of damages charged to the prior tenant. (Wis. Admin. Code §â

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