2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Lead testing and disclosures for rental properties
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
February 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives C. Taylor, Mason, Ohnstad,
Anderson, Kessler, Sargent, Brostoff, Crowley, Berceau, Goyke, Bowen,
Zepnick, Wachs, Fields, Zamarripa and Sinicki, cosponsored by Senators
Johnson, Carpenter, C. Larson and L. Taylor. Referred to Committee on
Housing and Real Estate.
1An Act to create
704.55 of the statutes; relating to: lead testing and disclosures
2for certain rental properties.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires that a landlord conduct a test for lead for each water supply
or plumbing system serving a premises prior to entering into a rental agreement with
a prospective tenant for that premises. Under the bill, the landlord must disclose the
results of the test for lead and disclose whether any water supply or plumbing system
serving the premises contains lead pipes or lead service lines. If lead is detected by
the test or there are lead pipes or lead service lines serving the premises, the landlord
must provide the prospective tenant with the pamphlet published by the
Department of Natural Resources that describes the risks of lead in drinking water.
The bill provides that if a landlord fails to fulfill any of the obligations regarding
testing, disclosure, or providing the pamphlet, the rental agreement for that
premises is void and unenforceable in its entirety.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
704.55 of the statutes is created to read:
2704.55 Lead content testing and disclosure. (1)
A landlord that leases a 3
residential premises or that leases any premises to a person having the purpose of 4
operating a school or child care center shall, prior to entering into a rental agreement 5
with a prospective tenant, do all of the following:
(a) Conduct a test for lead content in each water supply or plumbing system 7
serving the premises.
(b) Disclose to the prospective tenant, in writing, the results of the test for lead 9
content under par. (a).
(c) Disclose to the prospective tenant, in writing, whether any water supply or 11
plumbing system serving the premises contains lead pipes or lead service lines.
(d) If any lead content is detected by the test under par. (a) or the landlord 13
discloses that a water supply or plumbing system contains lead pipes or lead service 14
lines under par. (c), provide the prospective tenant with the pamphlet developed by 15
the department of natural resources under s. NR 809.546, Wis. Adm. Code, that 16
describes the risks of lead in drinking water.
Notwithstanding s. 704.02, if the landlord fails to fulfill any of the 18
requirements under sub. (1), the rental agreement for the premises is void and 19
unenforceable in its entirety.
(1) This act first applies to rental agreements entered into on the first day of 22
the 7th month after publication.