Rental Resources

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.

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WRA legal resources

Wisconsin residential rental statutes and rules

HUD guidance for use of criminal records in tenant screening

DATCP resources and fact sheets  

Updated WRA forms (2018)

Revised forms:
  • WRA Residential Lease
  • WRA Residential Rental Contract
  • WRA Rental Disclosure
  • WRA Property Management Agreement
New form:
  • Amendment to Residential Lease or Residential Rental Contract

WRA forms and products

Apartment associations

NAR resources

Federal rental housing information

Farm lease information

 
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