Rental Resources

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    Persons who are paid or otherwise compensated to rent property and negotiate and sign leases for the owner fall within the definition of a broker under Wis. Stat. § 452.01(2). This statute states that a broker includes “any person who for another, and for commission, money or other thing of value, negotiates or offers or attempts to negotiate a sale, exchange, purchase or rental of an interest or estate in real estate.” This definition includes persons negotiating the terms of a rental interest in real estate. If the negotiation of lease terms or the drafting and signing of leases for another is involved, licensure is required. A property manager who signs or negotiates leases on behalf of a property owner must either be a licensed broker or be a licensed salesperson associated with a brokerage firm.  Brokers also must have proper agency authority — typically a Property Management Agreement, a WB-37 Residential Listing Contract — Exclusive Right to Rent or an Exclusive Listing Contract Right to Rent Commercial Property — to provide property management services.

    For information about short-term rentals, please see the short-term rental resource page.

    WRA legal resources

    Wisconsin residential rental statutes and rules

    HUD guidance for use of criminal records in tenant screening

    DATCP resources and fact sheets  

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    Apartment associations

    NAR resources

    Federal rental housing information

    Farm lease information

    Tenant resource center

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