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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
Jason Anthony Greller
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Madison, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: 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 County, the courts are not currently accepting new filings for evictions and have moved the scheduling for all current evictions to May, 2020...and that date is subject to movement to a later date. In short, you are still responsible for rent payments under the terms of your original lease and you move forward as a month to month tenant. You will be subject to eviction though practically that seems unlikely in this environment as I explained above. Best to work with your landlord on a plan with a mutual understanding that these are extraordinary times.

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