Baraboo, WI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin

Q: My neighbors rent a duplex and sublet one side can they evict their subletters?

The subletters and the renters had a verbal agreement on rent and agreed to payments and to pay everything in full once taxes were back and 3 days later received and eviction notice. Just wondering if that was legal for them to do or if the owner had to do the eviction. Also is a verbal agreement the same as a written agreement?

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Thomas Murphy
Thomas Murphy
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Waukesha, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: As to your first question, more information is necessary to give you a conclusive answer. The sublessor may have had written authorization to commence the eviction on the owner's behalf, which may or may not apply in this case. Regarding your second question, periodic tenancies for less than a year, such as a month-to-month tenancy, may be agreed upon verbally. In the absence of a written agreement, statutory rights and duties apply.

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