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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: How long after moving out can you get charged for cleaning?

I moved out end of June 2019. I got my security deposited back within the 21 days as expected. I just got an invoice dated April 2nd 2020 for cleaning that supposedly happened on June 30th 2019. It doesnt included a receipt or anything proving they brought in the cleaner either. Can they still... Read more »

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Apr 3, 2020

Arguably a landlord may return the security deposit in full and then seek contract damages. This makes some sense for the landlord because if the tenant challenges a security deposit violation then the landlord can be on the hook for double damages and tenant's attorney fees. In this case, if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Wisconsin on
Q: Rental next door-Constant noise. can I sue the landlord
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Apr 1, 2020

Generally a landlord is not liable for noise caused by a tenant unless the complaining party is another tenant in the same complex who is being denied quiet enjoyment of their unit. Otherwise, noise complaints are properly directed to local law enforcement.

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Q: Can I sue an honor for not stopping noise from his tenant?
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Apr 1, 2020

Generally a landlord is not liable for noise caused by a tenant unless the complaining party is another tenant in the same complex who is being denied quite enjoyment of their unit. Otherwise, noise complaints are properly directed to local law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a landlord in wisconsin deny a tenant to break a lease?

I am looking to break my lease in Wisconsin but my landlord is saying that my only option is to sublease and that I cannot break my lease

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 31, 2020

A tenant may choose to break the lease. The landlord is then under a duty to mitigate damages - essentially to try to re-rent the unit. The tenant may then be held liable for the months in which no rent was collected from the tenant or the new tenant, the difference between the new tenant's rent... Read more »

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Q: I signed an apartment lease in WI, 4 days later I called the leasing office to cancel it. Do I have to pay the rent?

I never moved in, I called to cancel it before my moving date. But they said I'm liable to pay the rent until someone re-rents. But they rented two same units, same price, and same style, not mine. What happens if I stop making payments?

Thanks in advance

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 30, 2020

Assuming that the lease is enforceable, which may only be determined after review by a qualified attorney, you may be liable for the full contract amount. The landlord is under a duty to mitigate damages and to work to re-rent the unit. That duty does not necessarily mean that the landlord has to... Read more »

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Q: In WI my husband and I were planning to purchase a condo. With COVID 19 we want to back out. Can we get earnest money
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 29, 2020

Your rights and obligations under the contract can only be determined after reviewing the entire offer. Generally, a buyer may only use a valid contingency to terminate an offer. Simply deciding that the market conditions are no longer ideal to move forward is not typically a valid reason to... Read more »

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Q: can landlord still make you leave once lease is up with viris going around
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 17, 2020

Once your lease is up you are supposed to leave but if you do not, then you become a holdover tenant. Normally a landlord could seek to evict you but this is a very unusual moment in time. At present, it would be difficult or impossible for a landlord to evict a tenant. For instance, in Dane... Read more »

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Q: In Wisconsin can a landlord ask for more security deposit after living there 10 plus years
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 7, 2020

Assuming the term of your lease is ending, then the landlord may change the terms in the new lease including increasing the amount of the security deposit, increasing monthly rent or both.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My lease expires Feb 28th this year I gave my notice Feb 11th that I would be out march 25th but they are saying I will

Be responsible for April's rent I was paying 570 and they upped it to 645 this month so I thought that being month to month you only had to give 30 days notice ?plz help me

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Mar 5, 2020

For a month to month lease you have to give 28 days notice before the beginning of the next rental period unless the lease has a different notice provision. See Section 704.19 below:

704.19  Notice necessary to terminate periodic tenancies and tenancies at will.

704.19(1)(1) ...
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Q: I am not on the title of our property even both me and my husband has signed the purchase contract as buyers.

I have just found out I am not on the title of our property and the warranty deed was transfered only to my husband, even both my and my husbands name are on the purchase contract as buyers and both me and my husband has signed all the purchase documents. The mortgage is only on my husbands name... Read more »

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 29, 2020

I can only speculate as to why you were not included on the title though I suspect it has to do with the loan though there would have been a way to include you on the title and the mortgage and not on the underlying note. Regardless, you are now in the position where you are not on the title. The... Read more »

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Q: Water sprinkler activated in bedroom 1/31/2020

The water sprinkler system in my apartment activated and the apartment building is stating I am being held responsible for the damages that was caused to my unit and the unit downstairs. I have not been at the unit due to it being inhabitable to live in. I just so happen to go over to the apartment... Read more »

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 26, 2020

If the sprinkler was activated due to a tenant's or a guest of tenant's negligence, then the tenant may be responsible for the damage to the property. If the sprinkler malfunctioned then the landlord may be solely responsible. Generally, these systems are inspected by local fire departments. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a landlord/realty company refuse to rent to someone because of a vacated judgement
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 25, 2020

It is not discriminatory in Wisconsin for a landlord to refuse to rent to an applicant based on factors that are not protected under federal, state or municipal law, even if the applicant is a member of a protected class. If the judgement is a vacated criminal conviction then the landlord may be... Read more »

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Q: I inherited a one third share of some property when my dad passed away and would like to sell.

I've contacted the other owners asking them to purchase my share. I've gotten no response. What are my options?

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 25, 2020

Your options are:

1) one or both of the other owners agree to purchase your interest;

2) all the owners agree to sell the property;

3) you find an outside party willing to purchase your 1/3 interest in the property;

4) you commence an action in partition asking for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Purchasing in Wisconsin- Seller accepted offer to bump our offer

Seller accepted offer to bump our offer, which gives us 72 hrs to remove our contingencies per the original accepted offer. We have removed our contingencies and sent back this information, seller refusing to acknowledge although seller's agent has acknowledged. We have met all of the agreed upon... Read more »

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 22, 2020

Assuming the offer provided that the bump clause could be waived by the buyer within the 72 hours and assuming that you provided the proper and timely notice of waiver along with any required supporting documentation per the terms of the offer, then you could enforce the offer. If seller will not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Who's responsible for the repairs after a home has been closed? How many days do you have to cancel the sale of a home ?
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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 22, 2020

In WIsconsin a seller's duty to maintain and repair the property ends upon the closing of the transaction unless there is a separate agreement to the contrary. There is no statutory authority allowing you to cancel the sale of the home. In the event that the seller made misrepresentations on... Read more »

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Q: Do attorneys have to keep your files for a certain amount of time? What if they had something they never gave you?

Our attorney received a title in 2007 directly from another attorney and never gave it to us. He now says he no longer has the file.

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Jan 15, 2020

Most attorneys maintain most types of files for six years. Some matters, such as wills and trusts, should be maintained indefinitely. Attorneys also have a duty to safeguard client property and clients have a right to their file and their property.

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Q: Can a landlord charger you a months rentfor your duplex not being move in ready with it just being normal wear and tear?

I took pictures and video on the last day and nothing was damaged just normal wear and tear. I had to pay double security deposit. My landlord was showing my unit before I even moved out and now the landlord is saying the unit smelled of dogs and the carpet was dirty and was not move in ready so... Read more »

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Nov 24, 2019

Wis. Admin Code § ATCP 134.06(3)(c) states that a landlord cannot withhold from a tenant's security deposit for normal "wear & tear." Unfortunately, "wear and tear" has never been defined. I note the deduction of $950 for not being "move in ready." That particular deduction may, depending on its... Read more »

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Q: Can you transfer your half ownership in a house to the other half owner with a quit claim deed or a title transfer?

In-laws put home in life estate to two sons about 10 years ago. Mom has passed, dad has been in nursing home for a year and will never be able to live on his own again. Husband wants to sell his half of the home to his brother. We need the easiest way to do this, without a realtor if possible.

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Oct 15, 2019

Yes, you may transfer an interest with a quit claim deed although that might not be the safest way to handle this matter.

Anytime someone is paying money for an interest in property they are well advised to obtain a Warranty Deed and a title insurance policy - even in transactions between...
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Q: Is a title company required to provide copies of the signed closing documents to the seller?

We closed on the sale of our home but we never received any copies of the documents we signed at closing. The title company is ignoring our request. Can they do that?

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on Oct 10, 2019

I've never heard of a title company not providing copies of signed documents to the Seller. You are entitled to a copy of every document that you signed. You are not entitled to a copy of loan documents signed by Buyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Am I obligated to purchase a property if it fails sewer and well inspection even if they agree to fix it?

The down payment has been made and the sale was contingent on sewer and well, and we no longer want it

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Jason Anthony Greller answered on Sep 22, 2019

The answer to any contract question requires a review of the contract.

Assuming that well and septic contingencies are included in the offer then your rights are set forth under the contingencies. If the contingencies grant the Seller the "right to cure", then the Seller may cure the...
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