It is nice to finally see some landlord-friendly laws being passed in the state of Wisconsin.
On December 7, 2011, Senate Bill 107 (commonly referred to as the “Landlord Preemption Bill”) was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker as 2011 Wisconsin Act 108. This new law creates Section 66.0104 of the Wisconsin Statutes and prohibits municipalities from enacting an ordinance that places certain limits or requirements on a landlord.
Specifically, section 66.0104 prohibits any city, village, town or county from enacting an ordinance that prohibits a landlord from obtaining and using any of the following information with respect to a tenant or prospective tenant:
- Monthly household income
- Rental history
- Credit information
- Court records, including arrest and conviction records, to which there is public access
- Social Security number or other proof of identity.
The new law also prevents a municipality from limiting how far back in time a prospective tenant’s credit information, conviction record, or previous housing may be taken
into account by a landlord. It also prevents a municipality from prohibiting or limiting when a landlord can enter into a rental agreement for a rental unit with a prospective tenant or show a rental unit to a prospective tenant during the tenancy of a current tenant.
Additionally, the new law prohibits a municipality from enacting an ordinance that places requirements on a landlord with respect to security deposits, earnest money or pre or post tenancy inspections that are in addition to the requirements currently set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code ATCP 134.
If a municipality has an ordinance on its books that conflicts with sec. 66.0104 than that ordinance is no longer applicable and may not be enforced.
This new law will positively affect landlords throughout the state, but most especially in Madison and its environs. I think as a result of Wisconsin Act 108 the city of Madison’s Code just lost a few pounds.