Wisconsin Required Landlord Disclosures

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

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Wisconsin requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants:

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 § 134.06)

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; and the 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 in a separate written document entitled “NONSTANDARD RENTAL PROVISIONS” before the rental agreement is signed. (Wis. Admin. Code § 134.09)

Uncorrected building and housing code violations. Landlord must show prospective tenants the portions of the building affected, as well as the notices themselves, before entering into a rental agreement or accepting a deposit. (Wis. Admin. Code § 134.04)

Habitability 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 § 134.09)

Security deposit. Before accepting the deposit, landlord must inform tenant of tenant’s inspection rights, disclose all habitability defects, and show tenant any outstanding building and housing code violations, inform tenant of the means by which shared utilities will be billed, and inform tenant if utilities are not paid for by landlord. (Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 134.06)

Check the Wisconsin statute (Wis. Admin. Code §§ 134.04, 134.06, 134.09, ATCP 134.06) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

Also, check your local ordinance for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.

Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.