A state law in Wisconsin prevents landlords from kicking off their tenants if they simply oversee the leased property. This was the case filed at the small claims court where a family is leasing some storage units from Wisconsin Management Company. According to the law, only a person entitled to the position of the real property may file an eviction, which is clearly not in this case.
If you’re a landlord who has multiple rental properties, you probably already know the scope of this law whereas those who are still new to the business or rent out a single house do not. Nonetheless, if you’re trying to evict your tenant for missed rent or criminal activities, it is best to talk to your lawyer first before starting the process.
Also, be sure that you’ve understood clearly what are the terms in the lease documents, especially if you’ve obtained it online. There might be terms that can be used as loopholes during the eviction process. Understanding what the state and local laws can increase the chances of the court favoring you, but if you’re inexperienced who doesn’t even know why and when to send late rental notices should probably seek legal guidance.
Renters, on the other hand, must decide if they want to hire lawyers or not. There have been a lot of cases where tenants show up in the court without a lawyer in order to work out plans with their landlords to avoid eviction. If you think you stand no chance of negotiating your case, it is better to get a lawyer to do that on your behalf. Should the case turn sour, eviction lawyers can also help you get more time as you prepare to move out.