Landlord/Tenant Guide

​​​​​​Many Wisconsin residents live in rental housing.  It is important to both tenants and landlords that rules ensure that these rental transactions are conducted fairly.

State law provides a legal framework for the relationship between landlords and tenants.  Many disputes between landlords and tenants can be avoided if both parties understand their legal rights and responsibilities. The Guide for Landlords and Tenants answers commonly asked questions about landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities in simple language.  The guide is intended to help landlords and tenants avoid common problems and resolve them when they do occur.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide or a substitute for legal advice.

DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Resource Management has created a handout ​that addresses issues related to pesticide application by landlords. Property managers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the handout prior to the application of any pesticides including insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides and any other product intended to kill living things.

Resource Links

Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance's A Brief Guide to Renters' Insurance.


Consumer Protection Hotline

(800) 422-7128