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A Wisconsin Lease Agreement is a legally binding contract between a Landlord and Tenant outlining the terms of their rental relationship.
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Document Last Modified: 6/14/2022
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Table of Contents
- Wisconsin Residential Lease Agreement
- Landlord-Tenant Laws
- Required Disclosures
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Wisconsin Rental Forms and Templates
- Lease Agreements for Nearby States
- Create Your Wisconsin Lease
Wisconsin Residential Lease Agreement
If you rent property in Wisconsin, you need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Wisconsin Lease Laws. Our WI Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all state laws and can be created in about 15 minutes!
Here’s how the process works:
- Follow simple, user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease.
- Get State Assist tips as you build your Lease that point out important state laws.
- All state-required language, disclosures, and addendums are automatically added to your Lease Agreement.
- Click to select from over 25 additional addendums or disclosures that you might want to include - for example, a Pet Addendum, Guest Policy, or a Shared Utilities Disclosure.
- You and your Tenants can review and sign the Lease online.
- Once it’s fully executed, your Lease is automatically stored with our Cloud Storage.
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Pro Tip: Getting your Lease Agreements signed can be complicated - it can be difficult to meet with Tenants, get their signature, and then make copies to provide them with a fully executed Lease Agreement.
Using an electronic signing tool lets you skip all of those steps!
You and your Tenants can both sign online and automatically receive a copy of the executed Lease Agreement.
Our Lease Agreement complies with all Wisconsin Lease laws, but here’s an overview of some key laws to make it EZ to manage your Wisconsin rental property.
Ending and Renewing
FIXED TERM – No written notice is required for termination of a Lease that has a fixed term because the Lease automatically ends on the last day of the term unless otherwise specified in the Lease.
Month-to-Month – Written notice must be received by the other party at least 28 days prior to the ending of a month-to-month tenancy. A month-to-month tenancy may only be terminated at the end of a rental period. A rental period runs from the first day of a calendar month through the last day of a calendar month.
Tenancies with automatic renewals: Landlords MUST remind the Tenants of the renewal at least 15-30 days before the deadline for automatic renewal.
Wisconsin law does not impose a limit on security deposits, nor does it require payment of interest on the security deposit. Plus, Wisconsin municipalities may NOT create their own additional security deposit requirements. 66.0104(b)
VERY IMPORTANT: Before a Landlord may accept a security deposit, a checklist and disclosure must be completed. This Security Deposit Move-In Checklist and Disclosure is attached to the Wisconsin Lease Agreement.
Returned Payment Fee
A Tenant who issues a check that is not honored upon presentment because either the tenant does not have an account with the financial institution, or because the Tenant does not have sufficient funds or credit with the financial institution, is liable for all reasonable costs and expenses in connection with the collection of the amount for which the check was written.
A late rent fee or late rent penalty may be charged only as specifically stated within the rental agreement. Before charging such a fee, the Landlord shall apply all prepayments received from that tenant to offset the amount of rent owed.
There are no statutory regulations regarding the requirement of renter’s insurance.
If a Tenant pays rent in cash, the Landlord must provide the Tenant with a written receipt stating the nature and amount of the payment. A Landlord is not required to provide a receipt for rental payments made by check.
Collecting the last rental payment in advance is not permitted.
Landlords are required to make needed repairs to keep the property habitable and safe. Review the full code for specific requirements and obligations. Section 704.07
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Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
Don’t worry - we automatically include all required disclosures in our Wisconsin Lease Agreement!
- Agent or Landlord Identification: Any persons allowed on the property or allowed to collect rent must be listed in the rental contract. An address for official notices should also be listed.
- Lead-based Paint Disclosure: If your property was built before 1978, you must provide occupants with a lead-based paint certification.
- Wisconsin Check-In/Check-Out Conditions Checklist: If the Landlord accepts a security deposit, the Landlord must notify the Tenant within 7 days of move-in that the Tenant may go through the premises for their own inspection of any pre-existing damage or defects. In addition, the Landlord must let the Tenant know that they have the right to view the previous Tenant’s list of charges deducted from their security deposit at move-out.
- Water/Heat/Electricity Disclosure: If the Tenant’s rent does not cover water, heat, or electricity it must be specifically stated in the Lease Agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long can a Residential Lease be in Wisconsin?
The standard residential Lease Agreement is one year (12 months). Lease terms can be longer than that, but they must be in writing and signed by both the Landlord and Tenant.
Pro Tip:We recommend that all Lease Agreements be in writing, regardless of the Lease Term. This is the only way to ensure that Landlords have the complete protection that they need.
Whether it’s a month-to-month Lease Agreement, a Vacation Rental Contract, or a short-term Lease Agreement, it’s important to have a written Lease Agreement in place before handing over legal possession of your rental property.
Does a Lease have to be notarized in Wisconsin?
No, Wisconsin Lease Agreements do not have to be notarized. As long as they are signed by both the Landlord, or lessor, and Tenant, or lessee, they are legally binding and fully enforceable.
Who needs a Wisconsin Residential Lease Agreement?
Anyone who rents residential real estate needs a Lease Agreement in place before handing over possession of their property. The Lease Agreement needs to include all key terms, including Lease term, rent amount, late fees, security deposit information, and renewal policies.
While a generic, basic, or fillable Lease Agreement is better than nothing, these simple Lease Agreements don’t provide Landlords with complete protection. Avoid just starting with a blank Lease template, like the one offered by the Wisconsin Association of Realtors, and instead use a customizable, state-specific Lease Agreement that covers all terms and policies of your rental property
Whether you’re leasing an apartment, condo, duplex, or single-family home, it’s important to have a thorough Lease Agreement in place before giving a Tenant possession of your property.
How should you store your Lease Agreement?
It’s important that Landlords have access to all executed Lease Agreements. A copy of your Lease Agreement is automatically stored securely on the cloud with our ezCloudStorage. If you’d prefer, you can download your Lease Agreement as a PDF and save it that way. Or, if you like a hard copy, it’s easy to print Leases and store a copy with your rental files.
Wisconsin Rental Forms and Templates
We know that Landlords need more than just a great Lease Agreement. That’s why we have forms for the entire Landlord Lifecycle!
- Rental Application: Before handing over legal possession of your property, ALWAYS SCREEN TENANTS. This starts with a Rental Application and includes a credit report, criminal history background report, and eviction history report.
Pro Tip: our Rental Application is FREE to download and use!
- Tenant Welcome Letter: Customize this letter to give Tenants all the information they need about their new home.
- Rent Ledger: Use this rent ledger to stay on top of rent payments and ensure you have good documentation if renters miss a payment.
- Wisconsin Non-Standard Lease Provisions Addendum: This Addendum allows Wisconsin Landlords to deduct additional expenses from the security deposit besides standard deductions.
- Wisconsin 5 Day Notice to Vacate (Drug Offense): Use this form if the police notify you of drug-related activity at your Wisconsin rental property.
- Wisconsin 5 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate: This form should be used for late rent payments for monthly Lease Agreements or for late payments for Lease Agreements of less than one year if it’s the first time the Tenant has been late with rent.
- Wisconsin 30-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate: This form should be used when a Tenant has violated a Lease Agreement that has a term of more than one year.
- Wisconsin 14-Day Notice to Vacate: This form can be used to initiate eviction proceedings in certain circumstances when the Lease Agreement is less than one year.
- Wisconsin 28-Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy: This form is used to end a periodic tenancy. It can be for any reason or for no reason at all.
- Wisconsin 5 Day Notice to Cure or Vacate: This form notifies Tenants that they have violated a Lease term and must cure the violation or vacate the premises.
- Wisconsin Landlord-Tenant Law Summary: This resource outlines Landlord and Tenant rights and obligations in Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin Rent Certificate: This form is required for Tenants that are going to claim Homestead Credit on their Wisconsin taxes.
Pro Tip: Having the right rental forms will make your job as a Landlord EZier. Plus, you can rest EZ knowing that you’ve got all the protection that your property needs.
Our Pro Members have access to over 450 forms, including state-specific forms.
Lease Agreements for Nearby States
We understand that Landlords need state-specific Lease Agreements for each of their rental properties. If you have property in multiple states, you need multiple state-specific Lease Agreements.
The good news is that we have them all!
- Illinois Lease Agreement: Our Illinois Lease complies with all Illinois and Chicago Lease laws!
- Indiana Rental Contract: Create the complete Indiana Lease Package in minutes.
- Iowa Residential Lease Agreement: Review and sign your Iowa Lease Agreement online with our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
- Minnesota Lease Agreement: Customize your Minnesota Lease Package to include any addendums or disclosures you need.
- Michigan Residential Rental Contract: The EZ way to create a Great Michigan Lease.
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