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New Law Requires New Domestic Abuse Provision for Residential Leases

February 17, 2014

Wisconsin statutes now codify a tenant’s defense to an eviction action in instances where the tenant is a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, and the action is based on conduct related to those instances. Effective March 1, 2014, all residential lease agreements must contain a provision advising tenants of these new statutory protections. This requirement is just one of many set forth in Wisconsin’s detailed statutory and code provisions governing landlord and tenant relationships and the terms of any lease agreements. As the laws change, so too must the leases they control. If you are a landlord and are interested in ensuring that your lease agreement is compliant with Wisconsin laws, please contact Attorney Bridget Erwin at Sigman Janssen today via email at or phone at 920.731.5201.