Rental Housing and Landlord/Tenant

The Columbia County Department of Health & Human Services does not have a Housing Authority or a building inspector. If a tenant has a concern with conditions in his/her residence, the first step would be to address the concern with the landlord. Written documentation and pictures are always good to have as records of the issue.

Both landlords and tenants have legal rights and responsibilities regarding the contract of a rental agreement. Check your lease and the resources listed below in this website. It would be wise for both parties to seek legal advice in the event of a rental issue or concern.

The local municipality that the rental property is located in may be able to address the concern if a building code or other municipal code has been violated. Municipalities may have building inspectors and Housing codes that can address rental issues.

Answering your questions about landlord/tenant law

Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with your request to:

    Public Information Pamphlets, State Bar of Wisconsin,
    P.O. Box 7158
    Madison, WI 53707-7158.
Call the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection or the Division of Health for a copy of a booklet at 1-800-422-7128.

Division of Trade and Consumer Protection

Landlord/Tenant complaint questions

  1. Call Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection at 1 (800) 422-7128.
  2. Tenant Resource Center 608-257-0143; toll free - 1-877-238-7368

Legal Information

  1. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection at 1-800-422-7128
  2. Legal Action of Wisconsin at 1-800-362-3904

Building Inspectors

Columbus (920) 623-5900
Pardeeville (608) 429-3121
Portage (608) 742-2176
Wisconsin Dells
(608) 253-2542

Other Causes of Discomfort in an Indoor Dwelling:

Indoor dwellings, particularly in drier, colder weather, can present challenges to feeling comfortable. Winter produces “closed house” conditions, where there are minimal exchanges between indoor and outdoor air. Many things going on in a closed dwelling can add to discomfort: humidity (too little or too much); the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, air conditioning); dust; dust mites; pets; smoking; furniture or carpeting that might need cleaning; new furniture or carpeting (outgassing of chemicals used in manufacturing); and cooking and use of cleaning and personal care products (these can leave gaseous or particulate matter in the air) for example.

Indoor Air Quality Consultants:

Below is a list of private companies that can evaluate more complex indoor air problems.