Wisconsin Security Deposit Law

Wisconsin Security Deposit Law

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 12.14.2023

Understanding Wisconsin Security Deposit Law: Key Guidelines for Landlords and Tenants

Wisconsin’s security deposit law plays a crucial role in tenancies, offering protection and clarity to both landlords and tenants. This article covers essential aspects of the law, ensuring compliance and understanding for all parties involved.

Maximum Security Deposit Amount

In Wisconsin, there is no cap on the security deposit amount that a landlord can charge.

Refund Timeline for Security Deposits

Landlords must return the security deposit within 21 days after the tenant vacates the property. This prompt timeline helps tenants receive their funds quickly, aiding in their transition to new living arrangements.

Interest on Security Deposits

Unlike some states, Wisconsin landlords are not required to pay interest on security deposits.

Documentation Requirements at Move-In and Move-Out

Landlords must provide tenants with a check-in sheet at the beginning of the tenancy detailing the property’s condition. 

This documentation is vital for both parties, as it helps avoid disputes over property conditions at the end of the lease. Similarly, landlords should provide an itemized list explaining the reasons for deductions if they withhold any portion of the security deposit at move-out.

Allowable Deductions from Security Deposits

Landlords can deduct unpaid rent, damages beyond normal wear and tear, and other lease violations from the security deposit. Clear communication about these potential deductions can help tenants understand their responsibilities and avoid unexpected costs at the lease end.

Legal Recourse for Disputes

If disputes arise regarding the security deposit, tenants can pursue legal action. Knowledge of this option empowers tenants to seek justice if they believe their deposit was wrongfully withheld.

The Importance of Understanding Wisconsin Security Deposit Law

Wisconsin’s security deposit law provides a fair and transparent relationship between landlords and tenants. Understanding these regulations ensures a smoother rental experience, minimizing conflicts and promoting mutual respect. Landlords and tenants can foster a positive and legally compliant rental environment by adhering to these guidelines.


Qira aims to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. The content provided here is informational and should be different from legal counsel. Please refer to the relevant government sources to check for any changes or updates to the law.


Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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