Madison’s owner and tenant resources

Didn’t get your security deposit? A tenant isn’t paying rent? We’re checking out what tenant and renter resources the City of Madison has to offer to locals.

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Apartment living is common in Madison. | Photo by 608today

Nearly half of Madison’s households are renter-occupied. So, there’s a good chance that some of you are either tenants or landlords. Let’s check out what owner and tenant resources the city offers.


Tenant Resource Center | 1202 Williamson St.

Keep in mind...

  • Most leases require owner’s permission to sublet
  • Get any promises made by your landlord in writing
  • Apply for rent abatement if code violations aren’t taken care of


Best Practices Certification Program | Apply by email or phone (608-266-4555)
Section 8 | Submit current or future vacant listings to the Section 8 Office for free

Keep in mind...

  • If you don’t provide check-in/check-out forms, you must return the entire security deposit
  • Give at least a 24-hour notice before entering tenant’s unit — bonus points for giving an estimate on duration of the visit
  • Late fees can’t be more than 5% of a month’s rent