The kids and I drove around Wisconsin in a Spring Break Road Trip a couple weeks ago, and it's beautiful out there! We saw sandhill cranes all over, a fox skirting the highway, and cranberry bogs getting their season started. Springtime has pizzazz here in Wisconsin, where seasons always feel full force, whether cold or warm.
We're getting a full load of springtime complaints, too, from around the state, and a lot of the concerns that clients are voicing to us are things that we've written about before, in other parts of this website. So, here's a roundup for tenants for lots of the common Spring issues.
- There's lots of water! Stuff broke/mildewed/molded/flooded:
Bugs came out because it's Spring:
- A landlord can only charge the tenant for an infestation that's caused by the tenant's actions or inactions, which is usually not what causes a weather-based bug migration. Wis. Stat. 704.07(3)(a) In the City of Madison, the law states that it's the landlord's job to get rid of a pest infestation in multi-unit dwellings. ("Whenever infestation exists in any residential dwelling other than a single-family dwelling, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner." MGO 27.07(2)d). Since all of this is a repair issue, we recommend following the steps on our Repair pages (write a letter before calling the building inspector): for Madison/Fitchburg and Wisconsin.
- Write a letter to the landlord! Template here.
- My Landlord turned off the heat, and now my house is cold:
- My Landlord says (s)he isn't renewing my lease:
- This isn't working. I need to break my lease before the lease is over:
I want to claim the Homestead Credit, but my landlord won't sign the rent certificate:
- The landlord doesn't have to sign the rent certificate! But you can self-certify. More information here.
- I'm having trouble paying my rent, and my landlord gave me an eviction notice:
- My landlord says I'm not following the lease, and gave me an eviction notice: