Plover, WI asked in Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin

Q: Can my previous property management company hold me to the lease of a company they bought out?

I started renting with Company A and after 2 years they were bought out by Company B. Surprisingly, the buy out was on the month that our lease was up. Company A had told us that everything would be settled and we would be put on a month to month with Company B but would have to sign a lease with them. We never did. Company A actually never did ANYTHING as far as the lease went. We had one tenant move out the first year with notice to vacate approved, and then my other roommate moved once the lease was up during the buyout, so he wasn't on the lease either. We were never contacted by Company B (no lease, no handbook, nothing). I got a notice that we owe 2 months of rent and that we had to have given 60 days notice before leaving. Except, that was Company A's lease conditions, Company B had 28 day notices to abide by, which we did. The two roommates who moved out were included on the notice, as they were never removed, and my new roommate was never put on. We never signed a lease w/ B.

1 Lawyer Answer
Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Wausau, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: In order to be able to give you an informed answer, I would need to see the lease. If your lease was assignable and if your lease included a 60 day termination provision for a month-to-month tenancy, then you are probably stuck with the 60 day notice period.

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