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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

Jason Anthony Greller
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... Read more »

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

Jason Anthony Greller
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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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Seller did not record easement as stated in the signed offer to purchase contract, Now sold his house. Do I lose rights?

My "residential offer to purchase" agrees to ingress egress easement from neighbor owner for parking. "seller shall deliver a written assessment in recordable form". Seller owned both homes at the time. 10yrs using easement access, the seller never recorded the easement and just... Read more »

Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton answered on Feb 28, 2020

I am sorry to hear about this situation. Did the seller ever deliver the written assessment to you in recordable form? If so, it sounds like it may have been your responsibility to record it as the new buyer. Does the offer to purchase explicitly state who is supposed to record the easement? I... Read more »

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... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller
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 ?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Feb 22, 2020

In New York? None unless possibly bringing an equitable action based on fraud and concealment. I wouldn’t count on it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I currently have a valid registered land contract for a house with one person.

But found out there’s a lien on the house with someone else. The person with the lien passed away recently. If I end up paying for the house who does the money go to? Or should I keep paying my land contract and he pays of the lien ?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 15, 2020

Land can be sold with liens attached to it. And whatever tax liens there are on the land will have to be satisfied before you or anyone else receives the deed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: I plan to request trial by jury permissible by the 7th amendment. My last similar complaint was dismissed without preju

My last complaint that I agreed to let a magistrate judge handle was dismissed without prejudice. So I am requesting trial by jury permissible by the 7th amendment rights.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 3, 2020

The 7th amendment jury trial applies to criminal cases, not civil cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts, Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Home purchase: Can another person/name be added to title at closing?

Buying house, he is on the loan and I am not. The bank just said I cannot be put on the title because we are not married? Is this law or policy? Thank you!

Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton answered on Dec 4, 2019

If two parties are not legally married, I do not recommend jointly owning property with someone who is also not liable for the mortgage on the property. Once you are married, your husband can add you to the title, if he wishes via deed. In Wisconsin we have a special form of ownership where married... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: Can my current property management company hold me in a year lease when I don’t have an actual signed lease with them?

I signed a lease with company A that random February 2018 to January 31st 2019. The lease has an automatic renewal clause that stated it automatically renewed for 1 year but they would sent out a noticing giving provisions for lease renewal. Company A was sold to company B in November 2018 and a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 29, 2019

When Company B acquired Company A your lease was also acquired and transferred to Company B whether you were told or not. so, regarding the issue of you breaking the lease and leaving early, you lose. Written contracts are written for a reason. And they are not easy to get out of.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: The Seller is trying to change contract on purchase of home when a contract was signed and offer accepted?

I signed contract and offer was accepted for 1,000 over asking price plus 4,000 closing costs. initial closing was scheduled for june 28. Now they changed the closing to july, 20th without my approval. I paid for inspection and inspector says windows need to be replaced for the loan to go through.... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 30, 2019

It is impossible to answer a contract question without reading the contract. That being said, generally neither party may unilaterally change the terms of the offer. In the present case, if your lender will not fund the closing without the window replacement, then the terms of the contract may... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: If I don't have the completed copy of the lease, then can I cancel it without any penalty?

I was originally going to move into summer housing July 8th, and the landlord sent me the lease to sign (didn't have a signature of the landlord). I filled out my part and sent the paper to the landlord. Afterwards, I could not contact the landlord whatsoever - Facebook, email, call,... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 21, 2019

Based upon your facts the only reason you think you have an "incomplete lease" is because your copy does not have the landlord's signature on it; is that right? If so, the answer is tough darts. As long as you signed the lease you are liable under its terms. Look at the lease and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: Providing false info on a small claims summons.

If person A files a summons for small claims on person B. And person A provides false of incorrect information on the summons. What actions can be taken against person A?

Thank you

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 19, 2019

As a general matter, if the information is material (and not some minor and inconsequential fact or detail), it could possibly result in dismissal of the action. How it is treated by the court could be determined by the mental state of the person providing the information, in that if it is done... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Wisconsin on
Q: Limited power of attorney was not signed exactly as the name was printed. Will it still be valid/accepted?

The name listed at the top of the document is First, middle, last name. However, it was signed as First name, middle initial (only, not whole middle name) and last name. I also have a copy of his drivers license in his whole name, but with the signature the same as on POA: First, MI, Last name, to... Read more »

Akin Williams
Akin Williams answered on May 6, 2019

Powers of attorney are very strictly construed.

The power of attorney you refer to, may well be rejected on the basis that there is a discrepancy in the name of the donee as it is not identical with the name stated on the Power of Attorney.

In addition to the proof of ID which you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Real Estate Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: My landlord wants me to pay for professional carpet cleaning, despite not clarified in lease agreement. What do I do?

My landlord just sent us a letter saying that we need to have a carpets professionally cleaned before moving out. However, the lease does not mention the house needing to be professionally cleaned whatsoever. The most it mentions regarding carpets is that it should be "cleaned". And... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on Apr 22, 2019

Both are true. Landlords cannot deduct this cost from security deposits and may seek to recover the costs through billing or an action to recover the cost.

Under Wis Admin Code ATCP 134.06(3)(c) landlords cannot withhold from a tenant's security deposit for normal "wear &...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: Lease renewal, but want to move??

So, I've been with my current landlord for 9 years. We are on an annual year to year lease. I was thinking of moving when it is time to renew this year, must I give a 60 day notice even though my lease expires?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 5, 2019

Regardless of the term of the lease, to avoid all problems you should give the landlord whatever length of notice required by the written lease. If the lease has already expired you are a tenant at suffrage; but you still should give the landlord some reasonable notice.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I file a complaint if a company does not disclose the “cooling off period” and inform me of my right to terminate?

Signed an advertising deal with Wisconsin based company which I am now in the process of terminating by way of paying an early termination fee. My question is since they failed to inform me of my right to terminate and no where on the contract does it state it, do I have grounds for a complaint?... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 4, 2019

Unfortunately, not every written contract is required to have a free "I've got second thoughts and want an early out" clause. In fact, you should be glad the contract even has an "early termination fee" clause, because that is not required everywhere either.

IMO,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: If contract has no stated early termination fee can the other party just make one up?

I signed contract in Ga with representative from a Wisconsin company. I am 22 and representative took me to fancy place and offered food/drinks I got caught up and signed a pretty bad deal. I will pay their early termination fee if have to but seems a little unfair. The salesperson told me that if... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 3, 2019

Unless you signed the contract less than a week or ten days ago the "cooling off" clause has probably expired. Claiming to have been taken advantage of because the sales guy plied you with fancy food and expensive booze while he was convincing you to sign the "bad deal" will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Signed 1 year lease. 3 months later property is sold to new landowner who now wants a new lease signed. Is this legal?

The new lease has many things changed.

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on Feb 6, 2019

Generally, the lease from the prior owner is assigned to the new owner. The old lease remains in force through its original term. The new landlord may seek to obtain a new lease to replace the old lease but you do not have to agree to the terms. Of course, the landlord might choose to not renew... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for Wisconsin on
Q: I purchased a lecture on a CD set and made a transcript. Is this legal? May I gift CD sets and transcripts I've made?

I use the CD set and transcript as part of my psychological therapy. I would like to purchase additional CD sets for my therapists and also give them a copy of the transcript that I made. Is this legal?

May I purchase CD sets and present them along with a copy of the transcript to... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Nov 30, 2018

Preparing the transcript might be considered fair use or a derivative work. So long as you purchase as many copies as you are giving to others and using within your practice, the likelihood of a possible copyright infringement claim falls significantly. But without further information about... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: can my landlord force me to pay for sewer when only water was noted on the lease?

After living in this house for two years and finally moving, my landlord kept most of my security deposit for not paying the sewer bill that we never received nor knew we were supposed to be responsible for. It was not on our lease however we did agree to pay for water every three months. Are we... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on Oct 26, 2018

There are a couple of issues here. Responsibility for utilities needs to be spelled out in the lease. Depending on the locality, it may be common to refer to water and sewer as parts of the same whole - particularly if they are billed together on the same invoice by the municipality. If this is the... Read more »

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