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COVID-19 Information for Wisconsin

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

The Shelter in Place Order in Wisconsin expires on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. On Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor Evers announced a plan for re-opening the economy. Phase one does not have a set start date at this time but allows certain non-essential businesses to resume operations for curbside pickup.

State of Emergency

Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on March 12.

Eviction

Executive Order

  • Action: Establishes a statewide eviction moratorium.
  • Scope: Prohibits the serving of termination notices for nonpayment. Prohibits termination notices, civil action of eviction, and the execution of writs of restitution for other lease violations unless the notice is accompanied by an affidavit attesting to the reasonable belief that the failure to commence eviction proceedings will result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person. 
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for West Virginia

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation preempted by WI § 66.1015

Price-Gouging Law

Under Wisconsin Code, § 106.01, it is unlawful to sell goods or services, to individuals in an area declared under emergency, at a price more than 15 percent the average price of that good or service 60 days prior to the emergency declaration. Rental housing or shelter are not defined as covered services under this statutory language.