Wisconsin Notice Requirements to Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy

Find out Wisconsin rules for how much notice you (and your landlord) must give each other to end a month-to-month tenancy.

It is easy for landlords and tenants to end a month-to-month tenancy in Wisconsin. (The situation is more complicated when it comes to breaking a fixed-term lease.)

Notice Requirements for Wisconsin Landlords

In most situations your landlord does not need to give you a reason, although acting on a discriminatory or retaliatory motive is illegal. A landlord can simply give you a written notice to move, allowing you 28 days as required by Wisconsin law and specifying the date on which your tenancy will end.

Your landlord may legally provide less notice in specific circumstances--for example, if you have not paid rent, if you have violated other terms of your rental agreement (for example, bringing in an unauthorized tenant), or if you have violated basic responsibilities imposed by law (such as by dealing drugs on the rental property).

Notice Requirements for Wisconsin Tenants

It is equally easy for tenants in Wisconsin to get out of a month-to-month rental agreement. You must provide the same amount of notice (28 days) as the landlord (unless your rental agreement provides for a shorter amount of notice). Be sure to check your rental agreement which may require that your notice to end the tenancy be given on the first of the month or on another specific date.

In some situations, you may be able to move out with less (or no) notice—for example, if your landlord seriously violates the rental agreement or fails to fulfill legal responsibilities affecting your health or safety.

Wisconsin State Law and Resources on Terminating a Month-to-Month Tenancy

Check Wisconsin state law (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.19) for the exact rules and procedures for how landlords must prepare and serve termination notices and for any special rules regarding how tenants must provide notice. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

The Wisconsin Tenant Resource Center also has useful information on landlord-tenant laws in the state.

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