(414) 276-2850

The Consequences of A Landlord Violating Wisconsin's Residential Rental Practices (ATCP 134)

Posted by admin in ATCP 134 / Comments

The Residential Landlord Tenant relationship is controlled by two main areas of law: (1) Chapter 704 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and (2) the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter ATCP 134 entitled "Residential Rental Practices."ATCP 134 sets forth 21 regulations that a landlord must follow in a residential landlord tenant context.   ATCP 134, under its orginal name "Agriculture 134," was first introduced in ...

Read More

Self-Help Evictions (or Why You Should Not Remove The Roof In An Attempt To Evict Your Tenant)

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Evictions, Self-Help Evictions / Comments

I apologize for the delay in drafting a new post but this has been a crazy week with two trials in the early part of the week and another one tomorrow  (all tenants fighting evictions and none of these trials have been or will be easy).  But enough with the excuses . . .I saw a recent article about a landlord in Lusaka, Zambia (Africa) that actually attempted ...

Read More


Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Security Deposit / Comments

Security deposit withholding issues are the second most litigated area in landlord tenant law after evictions.  If a landlord makes improper deduction from a tenant’s security deposit, pursuant to ATCP 134 and §100.20, Wis. Stats., the tenant may sue the landlord for double damages and attorney’s fees.  There are numerous published Court of Appeals decisions in Wisconsin dealing with this exact issue.  I would like to offer a ...

Read More

Landlords Should Not Play Games With Tenants' Security Deposits

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Caselaw, Tenant Damage, ATCP 134, Security Deposit / Comments

A new landlord-tenant decision has been reccomended for publication.  The case of Boelter v. Tschantz involves a tenant suing her past landlord for double damages and attorney’s fees for making improper deductions from her security deposit.   The essential facts are as follows:1.   Tschantz (the landlord) withheld money from the tenant's security deposit.2.   The key deductions that were made were: (1) $323.84 for the tenant's water bill and (2) $85 to repair ...

Read More

Article and Video Regarding Recent Seminar On Advising and Defending Property Owners in Nuisance Actions

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Screening Tenants, Nuisance Properties, Seminars / Comments

 On May 7, 2009 I spoke at the State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Convention.  I was asked to speak at the Government Lawyer Division's seminar that focused on the topic of neighborhoods and nuisance properties.  Specifically I was asked to speak on advising and defending property owners that have nuisance properties.The State Bar recently published a nice article summarizing my seminar presentation which was published through its online Inside Track newsletter.  ...

Read More


Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Late Fees / Comments

Late fees are a necessary evil for landlords aw we often need some type of "hammer" to hold over the heads of tenants who pay rent late. With this post I want to provide you with some additional information on the requirements that must be met with regard to late fees as specified in ATCP 134 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.A Bit of History:In the past - prior to ATCP ...

Read More


Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Caselaw, ATCP 134, Late Fees / Comments

Many of my clients ask me what amount they should charge a tenant who is late in paying rent. Many also wonder if there is a maximum amount beyond which they would not be allowed to charge as a late fee.The only legal guidance we have as to what amount is acceptable as a late fee is the case of Three & One Co. v. Geilfuss, 178 Wis.2d 400, 504 N.W. ...

Read More


Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Credit Checks / Comments

 ATCP 134 contains specific rules regarding when and how a landlord can charge a rental applicant for the cost of their credit report.   As background, ATCP 134 is the chapter of the Administrative Code of Wisconsin that sets forth 21 requirements that Landlords must follow or else risk getting sued for double damages and attorney's fees by the applicant or tenant.The applicable portion of the rules regarding credit checks is ...

Read More


Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134 / Comments

If you are a landlord are you familiar with ATCP 134?  If not, you definitely need to be.  ATCP 134 is a chapter of the Wisconsin Administrative Code that applies to residential rental practices.  While these rules were updated in 1998 many well-intentioned landlords are still unfamiliar with their provisions and the rather extreme consequences that may result if you fail to abide by them.The most overlooked - and ...

Read More