Resources for Tenants

Behind on Rent? Need a Security Deposit?

Click here to apply for emergency rental assistance through Dane County CORE.

The Tenant Resource Center maintains information on community resources that may be available to provide eviction prevention funds, security deposit funds, and other emergency financial assistance. See our brochures in pdf format:

  • Eviction Prevention and Security Deposit Assistance in Dane County (Stay Tuned! This brochure is being updated for the latest information.)

Many may be interested in a referral to one of the many agencies, faith groups, community groups, nonprofit groups, and individuals that provide assistance to those in crisis. Many of these local services can also be found through United Way's First Call for Help, 2-1-1.

We Help Tenants, Landlords and Service Providers

The Tenant Resource Center offers free information to Dane County tenants, landlords and service providers interested in learning more about their rental rights and responsibilities. Unfortunately, our funding for services outside Dane County was cut during the administration of Governor Scott Walker and has not been restored. While we would like to provide our services to everyone in Wisconsin, these budget cuts prevent us from doing so. With your help, we can resume serving all Wisconsin residents. Please consider making a one time donation, or a monthly donation to help us expand and keep our services free!

For the fastest help on common housing issues, please browse the links below:

Madison and Fitchburg-Specific

If you can't get your questions answered from our online resources, please contact us:

Walk-In

Housing Counseling Services:

Monday - Friday

9am - 4pm

Phone

  • Housing Questions (Dane County):  (608) 257-0006
  • UW-Madison Office: (608) 216-2321
  • En Español: (608) 257-0006 x 1
  • Lus Hmoob: (608) 257-0006 x 2

Email

Sample Letters for Tenants

Forms for Tenants

Useful Blog Posts for Tenants

Check blog posts for any location-specific information as housing laws may differ!

Laws, Statutes and Ordinances

Other Tenant Resource Center Resources