Nearly 100 changes have been made to local and state rental laws since late 2011. These changes are complex due to the differing dates the law passed and the differing implementation dates within some of the bills. We have worked hard to make these changes clear on the website and you will find several summaries of the changes to the law.
It is important to realize that depending upon when a lease is signed or an action takes place, different laws will apply. Please read carefully. The laws will remain confusing for several more years, and continue to be confusing if the state legislature continues to change laws every 2 years.
We are, yet again, making updates to the website. We will work as quickly as we can. This is the 5th law change in 4.5 years and we are short-staffed (feel free to donate here). Until all the updates are made to the website and our training guides and our staff and volunteers are re-trained, brochures will not be available.
Think this is ridiculous? We do too! If you have immediate questions about these law changes, please call the sponsor of all of these bills, Sen. Frank Lasee's office at 608-282-3541.
2015-2016 Changes and Proposals
2015 Wis. Act. 176, Effective March 2, 2016.
The language of the bill is here. As of 3/9/16 the language in the statutes has not been updated. Please be patient with us as we update our staff, volunteers, training materials, website, brochures, etc.
These changes went into effect March 2, 2016 and effect tenants and landlords statewide. These changes are in MAROON.
DATCP Changes, Effective 11/1/15
Surprise! At least we were surprised! We have been expecting changes since 2012, and we expected the changes to conform with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection law changes that became effective 2011 - 2014. While we knew that consumer protections could not conflict with state law, we were not expecting removal of regulations where the state law was silent, resulting in additional changes to tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities! These changes went into effect November 1, 2015 and effect tenants and landlords statewide. These changes are in BLUE.
- An itemized list of changes to ATCP 134
- The old version of ATCP 134
- The new version of ATCP 134, effective November 1, 2015
2011 - 2014 Law Changes
The Wisconsin legislature has passed three major tenant landlord bills in essentially two years, changing over 75 laws on the state and local levels. Tenant Resource Center has updated our website to show how these changes effect your rental rights. For specific issues, please visit our "Know Your Rights" page. Below is an explanation of the bills themselves.
Due to funding cuts, we won't have seminars until our Fall Housing Law Seminars where you can learn from our Executive Director and/or Program Director about the law changes!
2013 Wis. Act 76 - Effective March 1, 2014
2013 Wisconsin Act 76 went into effect on March 1, 2014. This law changes many statewide tenant landlord laws and removes local control over even more laws in Madison, Fitchburg and Dane County. For more information about how the changes affect Dane County, see the summary of local laws linked below. These law changes will be in GREEN on our pages explaining rental rights. We have also published two comprehensive summaries of these law changes:
These effect ALL tenants and landlords in Wisconsin, including Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg.
These are additional changes ONLY effecting tenants and landlords in Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg.
2011 Wis. Act 143 - Effective March 31, 2012
2011 Wisconsin Act 143 went into effect on March 31, 2012 and changed laws statewide in Wisconsin, including Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg. These changes are shown in ORANGE on our pages explaining rental rights. Here is a comprehensive list of the laws that changed:
2011 Wis. Act 108 - Effective December 21, 2011
2011 Wisconsin Act 108 went into effect on December 21, 2011 and removed local control over several matters changing laws in Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg. These changes are shown in PURPLE on our pages explaining rental rights. Here is a comprehensive list of the laws that changed: