Wisconsin Fair Housing Law


State law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of a person's membership in a protected class.  The statute of limitations for filing a complaint is one year from the date the action was taken or the individual was made aware the action was taken. 

Protected Classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Family Status
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Marital Status
  • Ancestry
  • Source of Income
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Status as a Victim of Domestic Abuse,
  • Sexual Assault or Stalking


WI Fair Housing 

If you believe you have been treated unfairly while looking for housing in Columbia County or are being discriminated against by your current landlord, please contact the Columbia County Accounting/Housing Department at 608.742.9645.  You will be offered assistance in filing a complaint with the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development for enforcement of fair housing laws.  All complaints will be handled in a confidential manner.

For more information about your rights under Wisconsin’s Fair Housing Law and how it affects renters, landlords, buyers and sellers, lenders or insurers or to voice your concern about a situation where you believe your rights have been violated, contact the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division. 

Madison Area
201 E. Washington Ave., Room A100, P.O. Box 8928, Madison, WI  53708
Telephone:  608.266.6860; TTY:  608.264.8752

Milwaukee Area
819 N. 6th St., Room 723, Milwaukee, WI  53203
Telephone:  414.227.4384; TTY:  414.227.4081

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