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Age Discrimination in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Discrimination based on age is prohibited in Wisconsin. This means that landlords cannot discriminate against the tenant on the basis of age . All ages are covered in Wisconsin. The Fair Housing Act covers discrimination against children and the state's protection against age discrimination protects anyone 18 and over. Elderly Landlords are prohibited from discriminating based on age in Wisconsin and this includes against the elderly. Discrimination is defined broadly and covers refusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's age, falsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's age, interfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their age, advertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their age, denying an apartment or application based on their age, evicting a tenant based on their age, denying an [...]

Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin and federal law give tenants strong protections when landlords discriminate against their mental or physical health conditions. Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations for tenants' handicaps. What's Covered? Wisconsin and federal law cover mental and physical health-related handicaps. A "health condition" is much broader than a diagnosed disease in official medical books. It can be any mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Conditions that may not obviously be a disability qualify for protection, such as a sports injury, hoarding tendencies, or paranoia. Of course, medically diagnosed conditions also qualify, such as HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, or bipolar disorder. The law also covers tenants that had a history of such an impairment and tenants who have been regarded as having such an impairment. Wis. Stat. 106.50 , Wis. Stat. Sec. 106.50 . Wisconsin [...]

Discrimination of Families, Pregnant Women, and Children in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

It is illegal in Wisconsin (and federally) for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their having children, being pregnant, or otherwise their familial status. Children must be provided equal access to all facilities and services offered to adults. In addition, tenants are protected from discrimination based on their marital status. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate Wisconsin and federal law. For example, charging tenants with children higher rent or a higher deposit, advertising an apartment as being only for families (or not for families), putting an age limit for children, and placing all families in one part of the building are all illegal. Wis. Stat. 106.50 , Wis. Stat. Sec. 106.50 . Rights of Children Landlords that treat children and adults differently are violating the law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against a tenant's [...]

Discrimination of Source of Income in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income. While landlords are allowed to ask for proof of income and ability to pay, they cannot deny housing or charge a tenant a different amount based on their job. There are few exceptions for illegal sources of income. "Immoral" Jobs Discrimination against a tenant's source of income usually arises when a tenant's legal job appears immoral to the landlord or otherwise conflicts with their values. Strippers, people working at a political campaign, marijuana growers (in states where it's legal), planned parenthood and NRA employees, and online personalities often face issues. In Wisconsin, denying a tenant for any of these reasons is a violation of the state's fair housing protections. Wis. Stat. 106.50 , Wis. Stat. Sec. 106.50 . Illegal Sources of Income One major exception is that [...]

Racial Discrimination in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain race, color, national origin, or ancestry in the neighborhoodinterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryevicting a tenant based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrycharging different rent or offering different amenities based on race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying an apartment or application based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryfalsely stating an apartment is not available because [...]

Religious Discrimination in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: denying an apartment or application based on their religionrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's religiondenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their religiondenying a loan based on their religionfalsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's religionevicting a tenant based on their religioninterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their religionadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religionpressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain religion in the neighborhoodcharging different rent or [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in Wisconsin Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Wisconsin law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. Wisconsin also protects tenants from discrimination for their sexual orientation. The law offers some indirect protections for tenants who were discriminated against for their gender identity. Sexism Wisconsin law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, refusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's sex, refusing to allow the tenant to make to make reasonable modifications to suit their sex, denying an apartment or application based on their sex, denying a loan [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Wisconsin?

By |September 12th, 2018|WI|

Dane County requires landlords to accept vouchers from tenants, but other localities in Wisconsin do not. Click here for the latest updates. Voucher Policy Landlords cannot deny tenants an apartment (or otherwise discriminate against them) based on the fact that their income (or part of their income) comes from government financial assistance programs including Section 8 vouchers. Aside from denying an application, landlords cannot charge voucher holders more, segregate them to a different section of a building than non-voucher holders, or provide them different services or amenities from non-Section 8 tenants. Wis. Stat. 106.50 , Wis. Stat. Sec. 106.50 . Enforcement and Reporting Problems Enforcement is handled by the local government of Dane County. Tenants should report problems and see details with that locality's law. The localities that offer such protections are changes quickly, so please check the latest information. [...]