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Old 01-12-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Default Wisconsin/Milwaukee heat laws and minimum temperatures

The temperature in my apartment in Milwaukee is 60-62 degrees during the day (just bought a digital thermometer to confirm this). Most other cities seem to have laws saying that landlords must keep the temp at around 67F, by law. All I can find in Milwaukee/Wisconsin laws is that the landlord must tell the tenant that the building cannot maintain 67F before a lease is signed.

Does anyone know if there is a law that outright states a minimum temp for inhabitability? Again, all I can find is this law that tenants must be notified if it will be colder than 67, but I'm looking for something that says that it is "illegal" for a unit to be below a minimum temperature. Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Wisconsin Residential Rental Practices

ATCP 134.04(2)(b)2
" Heating facilities serving the dwelling unit are not in safe operating condition, or are not capable of maintaining a temperature , in all living areas of the dwelling unit, of at least 67 F (19 C) during all seasons of the year in which the dwelling unit may be occupied. Temperatures in living areas shall be measured at the approximate center of the room, midway between floor and ceiling."

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/rsb/code/atcp/atcp134.pdf

Here is a link for landlord or property complaints. Complaint Process

Keep in mind that there could be stipulations in addition to what I've posted, the code could be obsolete, etc. It's probably not. I vaguely remember something about a building's temperature design (there is a code for that, I believe), When the temperature falls below the design temperature, the 67 degree mark does not necessarily have to be maintained. Again, do more homework, don't quote me on any of this.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:58 AM
 
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thanks, much appreciated. my landlord is cooperative so far in working to correct this, but I'll need this for reference just in case!
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