Minneapolis, MN asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin

Q: My lease has 2 different terms which is correct?

The front page of the lease says "for the year of Jan. 1st 2018 to December 31st 2018" in the provisions on the 2nd or 3rd page it says "both the tenant and landlord acknowledge this lease is for a minimum of one year" the lease was signed in September 2018, does that mean our lease expires in September 2019 or December 31st?

1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: I have not seen your lease, but it sounds to me like someone forgot to change the dates on the front of the lease. It seems they intended the lease to run for at least one year from the date you signed it, but if that was their intent the dates are unclear. If it had said "This lease is for one year from the date signed, then it would run through September 2019" however, with the dates on the front of the page, it does appear very confusing. It appears you have an argument for the lease expiring on December 31, 2018 if that is what you want. Either way I would clarify the terms of the lease in writing with your Landlord and perhaps executed this understanding as an amendment to the lease.

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