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Student or not, renters should know their rights

by | Aug 7, 2018 | Features

Student or not, renters should know their rights

It is important to contact the DATCP in order to obtain a list of your rights as a tenant when you’re renting for the first time as a student. There are many regulations that new tenants are unaware of that can save them from a lot of financial and emotional stress in the future. One example of these guidelines is how a landlord is obligated to give you the name and number of at least one person that can be contacted at all times for maintenance-related issues.

Key Takeaways:

  • Take note of any pre-existing problems with the property within the first seven days of moving in.
  • Walk through the property with your landlord before you move out to note any issues that might cause you to lose your security deposit.
  • When you first move in and before you move out, document the condition of the property with photos.

“The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers a number of tips to help renters understand their rights and responsibilities when entering or leaving a rental agreement.”

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