Village of River Hills

Chapter 20 Section 7

Section 20.07  EVICTION OR RETALIATION PROHIBITED.

A.  It shall be unlawful for a landlord to terminate the lease agreement or periodic tenancy of any tenant or otherwise retaliate against any tenant because that tenant complained to the Chief about nuisance activity on the landlord’s premises. It shall be presumed that any attempt to increase charges, reduce services, or to otherwise harass or retaliate against the tenant during the 12-month period following receipt of the complaint by the Chief constitutes unlawful retaliation under this subsection.  Such presumption shall be rebutted by the preponderance of evidence that the actions taken by the landlord were based upon good cause.  “Good cause” as used in this subsection means that a landlord must show good cause for his or her actions, other than one related to or caused by the operation of this section.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a tenant’s lease agreement or periodic tenancy may be terminated for a failure to pay rent; committing nuisance activity as defined in 20.02; violating the terms and conditions of the lease agreement or periodic tenancy or as otherwise provided in ch. 709, Wis. Stats., and ch. Ag. 134, Wis. Adm. Code.  A landlord’s failure to renew a lease agreement or periodic tenancy upon expiration of such lease agreement or periodic tenancy shall not be deemed a violation of this subsection.

B.  Any person violating the above section shall be subject to a penalty as provided under section 2.15 of the Village Code.