Security Deposit Refund Wisconsin Renters Rights Law

Is your Landlord refusing to give back your security deposit? Landlord avoiding your emails and phone calls? We can help.

Landlord tenant law in the state of Wisconsin is very clear There are specific steps and requirements that a landlord must meet regarding security deposits. If the landlord does not follow the exact letter of the law their right to withhold ANY of your deposit money is forfeited completely. In this case Tenant laws in the State of Wisconsin force the landlord to return 100% of your security deposit.

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If you are renting by the month, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement by giving you a written termination notice at least 28 days before the next rent due date. You must use the same procedure in notifying the landlord of your intent to terminate the rental agreement unless you agreed to give a longer notice. Tenants may serve the written notice in person or by certified or registered mail. A six-month or one year lease usually terminates automatically at the end of the lease, unless the rental agreement specifies otherwise. If the lease provides that it will be automatically renewed or extended unless you give advance notice of termination, the landlord must “remind” you of the provision at least 15-30 days in advance of the notice deadline. Otherwise, the landlord may not attempt to enforce the automatic renewal. If you “break” a lease by moving out early, you may be obligated to pay for the remainder of the term unless another suitable tenant is found. However, the landlord must make reasonable efforts to find a substitute tenant and minimize any rent losses. Also, if you move out early, you must notify the landlord in writing of your departure after you have vacated the dwelling unit in order to “start the 21 day clock” for the return or accounting of your security deposit. When moving out, it is always a good idea to contact your landlord to arrange for a final checkout inspection. If your landlord does not agree, find someone to be a witness to inspect the premises with you. If you paid a security deposit, the landlord must return it to you within 21 days after you move out. The landlord may deduct for unpaid rent or damages for which you are responsible.

Go to court? You might be asking yourself if it's worth your tie and money to take your landlord to court to get your security deposit back. We have solved this problem for you. We notify your landlord. We inform them of our intention to act on your behalf to require full payment in 30 days or less. We also inform them of all action we will take to force them to pay up should they decide to try and ignore our complaint. We have a 86% success rate.

Foreclosed or bankruptcy is not a problem at all. It makes no difference if the property has been foreclosed or even if your landlord is bankrupt. Your funds, YOUR security deposit is protected and WE GET IT BACK!

In most states. if a landlord does not send an itemized statement and deposit balance to the tenant within 30 days of the date the rental agreement is terminated or the tenant moves out, whichever is later, the landlord forfeits all rights to any of the deposit and to take further legal action against the tenant in a court of a law. It really makes no difference how much damage there is if any. Even if there was $10,000 in damages, the landlord has lost his rights to suit you in court. Most Landlords don't even know this.

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