Wisconsin Security Deposit
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WISCONSIN SECURITY DEPOSITS

The Wisconsin Security Deposit is defined  "all of the money" a tenant pays to a landlord before signing a lease, including any prepaid rent above one month's rent.
Deposits are kept as a guarantee the tenant will pay the rent and not damage the apartment. 

LIMITS:
State laws place no limit on the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. 

HOWEVER, the City of Madison and in Fitchburg do have limits.
Madison law prohibits landlords from charging more than one month's rent for a security deposit

INTEREST ON SECURITY DEPOSIT
Interest in Security Deposits are not required under state law. 

However, some cities may have enacted their own laws with respect to this. See city of Madison.

RETURN OF THE SECURITY DEPOSIT

The Wisconsin landlord has 21 days after the end of your lease to send you either the full security deposit or an itemized list of deductions for damages above normal wear and tear.

FAILURE TO RETURN THE SECURITY DEPOSIT
Notify the landlord, in writing, of their failure to return the deposit.

Complaints may be filed with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The bureau keeps complaint records and will contact the landlord about the violation.
For a complaint form, call or (800) 422-7128 or obtain one online.

If the issue remains open, you will have to sue the landlord in court for a return of the Wisconsin Security Deposit

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