In the interests of building a better quality of life for all citizens of Fond du Lac, the Fond du Lac Police Department works with landlords to resolve minor issues before they become more serious. We believe by taking these steps we can improve our neighborhoods for all concerned. We have accordingly created this web page to list resources available to landlords and explain the City’s Nuisance Abatement Program (Chapter 476-7). Examples of resources offered are below.

Screening Guidelines
WI Evictions
Tenants Rights & Responsibilities
Landlord Tenant Guide 2019

Most landlords in Fond du Lac take pride in their properties and work toward finding good tenants. In those cases where properties or tenants repeatedly act to degrade the quality of life in their neighborhood, the City has created Ordinance Chapter 476-7 (Chronic Nuisances) to hold landlords responsible for nuisance activity that occurs on their property. Landlords are made aware of potential nuisances via a Landlord Notification Form. If a property meets the criteria to be classified as a public nuisance, the landlord is notified and must then take steps to keep the problem from recurring. If the landlord is either unwilling or unable to curb the public nuisance occurring at their property, the landlord can be cited and fined at the end of this process. Formal definitions of nuisance activity and the processes followed for nuisance abatement are defined in Ordinance 476.

Landlord/Tenant Laws

City of Fond du Lac Ordinance Chapter 476-7 “Chronic Nuisances”
Summary and Explanation of Chapter 476-7
Wisconsin Landlord/Tenant Statute Chapter 704
Wisconsin Administrative Code “Residential Rental Practices”

Helpful Resources
Fond du Lac Area Apartment Association

  • Vickie Garthwaite: 920-960-2444
  • Mary Ruplinger: 920-921-3791

WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Drive
Madison, WI 53718-6777

Northeast Regional Office
200 N. Jefferson, Suite 146A
Green Bay, WI 54301

Resources to Assist with Background Checks for Prospective Tenants

Wisconsin Circuit Court Records
Wisconsin Criminal History Checks

Programs to Assist Tenants
Rent Smart