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Legislature At It Again!? 2018 Version!

Over 100 changes have been made to local and state rental laws since late 2011.  These changes are complex because these bills passed on different dates, and each bill has different implementation dates for different provisions within the bill. We have worked hard to make these changes clear on the website and here you will find several summaries of the law changes. 

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 will continue to be confusing if the state legislature continues to change laws every two years.

For specific issues, please visit our "Know Your Rights" page. Below is an explanation of the bills themselves.

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.


2017-2018 PROPOSED Changes

A draft of new changes came out Tuesday, December 5th. As soon as we have a reasonably good grasp of these proposed changes, we'll put up our complete summary.

The proposed language of the bill is here.  Our rush DRAFT summary is here.  We apologize for our "real talk" snark -- the legislature has exhausted us with their relentless and sloppily written changes.

Be sure to check back here for committee schedules, hearing dates, and other updates!

2017-2018 Hearings and Updates

Hearing before the Senate Committee on Insurance Housing and Trade

Wednesday, December 13th 10am

Current Proposed Legislation (exactly the same as LRB proposed language)

can be found here.

Summary would be the same.


2015-2016 Changes

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. (UPDATE: They're finally in there.)  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.

Summary of 3/2/16 Changes


DATCP Changes

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 affect tenants and landlords statewide.  These changes are in BLUE.

Helpful documents:

Helpful blog post

 Summary of 11/1/15 Changes


2013-2014 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:

Summary of 3/1/2014 Wisconsin Law Changes 

These effect ALL tenants and landlords in Wisconsin, including Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg.     

Summary of 3/1/2014 Dane County, Madison & Fitchburg Law Changes 

These are additional changes ONLY effecting tenants and landlords in Dane County, Madison, and Fitchburg.      


2011-2012 Law Changes

 

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:

Summary of 3/31/2012 Wisconsin Law Changes       


2011 Law Changes

 

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:

Summary of 12/21/2011 Dane County, Madison & Fitchburg Law Changes 

 

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