I picked up a duplex a couple months ago and inherited two sets of tenants that can't seem to get along. The relationship is turning into a Jerry Springer show with some very immature behavior. I may be choosing to not renew one or both of the leases this fall and electing to start over with tenants that I can screen. I read the lease and couldn't find anything specific regarding my notification responsibility. I checked the WI statutes quickly and couldn't find anything either. I want to give proper notification but don't want to leave any more time than I need to in case someone gets spiteful and decides to trash the unit before their lease is up. Is anyone familiar with the requirement in Wisconsin or more specifically Milwaukee County?
Are the tenants both MTM? If so, just give them a 28 day notice to vacate and you can have them out in a month. You don't need to give a reason when using this notice either.
The tenants are on year leases otherwise I would be moving on this much quicker! Thanks for the suggestion.
Hey Rob, over here in Madison we have the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, and members have access to legal guidance regarding these kinds of issues. It's invaluable. Is there a similar association in Milwaukee? Maybe look at http://www.aascw.org to get some ideas.
I'm not sure if Milwaukee county has different requirements than the rest of the state.
I have properties in Madison, Fond du Lac, and Saint Cloud. If in fact the leases are month to month, I'd suggest sending your notice certified giving notice just in case you need proof it was served. Make sure it's received prior to the first day of the month.
My gut tells me if the tenants don't get along, they'll be glad to move.
I agree with Darren as well. Keep your letter short and sweet. You don't need a reason and I would not provide one.
Randy is correct.
Milwaukee has one as well. It meets July 12th at 6 pm. The Sheraton Hotel out by the Brookfield Mall. The first visit is FREE!
It's a round table session and that's where people come with questions while the experienced answer the questions.
If the tenants are under a year lease, you are bound by the state statutes of WI. Therefore, if the situation has turned into a Jerry Springer type situation, does this mean that one or both of the tenants have violated some of the terms of their lease?
If this is the case, you have the option of serving them with a 5 day notice with the right to cure. This gives them 5 days to correct the breach. If they don't correct the breach, then serve them with a 14 day notice for cause with no right to cure. This means they cannot cure the breach and they must get out. This can only be used for a repeat violation during that lease period.
Go to WI Legal Blank if you need the forms.
Also, think about asking one or both of the tenants if they would voluntarily agree to dissolve the terms of their lease. If they aren't happy, they may want to leave anyway.
Look at Wisconsin 704.19 of the statutes. It addresses the non-renewal of tenants.
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