When a new tenant signs a lease with a landlord, they have a right to consider the unit that they rent their home. Tenants should have the security that comes from knowing that they can stay in the unit, but landlords also need protection as well.
Tenants could stop paying rent or could start causing significant damage to the unit. When a tenant engages in problematic behavior and does not respond to requests to change, then a landlord may have no choice but to initiate eviction proceedings.
When does Wisconsin law allow a landlord to exist tenants from their property?
When the tenant doesn’t pay rent
The most basic obligation of a renter is to pay rent every month for the property where they live. When a tenant fails to pay their rent in full and on time, a landlord can evict them to replace them with more responsible tenants.
When the tenant violates the lease
Leases typically include rules about how someone can use a property. Landlords can limit the number of visitors people have or have a rule against keeping pets on the property. When a tenant openly breaks the terms of the lease by using the property in a way contrary to the contract they signed, their landlord will then have grounds to evict them.
When a tenant breaks the law
Improper or illegal use of real property can have numerous consequences. Growing marijuana or cooking methamphetamine in a residential unit could cause dangerous contamination that costs thousands to fix.
Engaging in drug sales and prostitution at a property could leave that home vulnerable to civil asset forfeiture or seizure by law enforcement professionals. When a landlord has proof that a tenant has engaged in illegal conduct on their property, they can use that as grounds to evict the tenant.
When the landlord wants to end the lease at the end of its term
Typically, tenants have the right to renew a lease either by signing a new document or by default, which usually involves staying in the property when the lease ends.
If a landlord wants the lease to end to move in new tenants, rehab the property or take possession themselves, they can choose to terminate a lease at the end of its term. The tenant cannot force a landlord to renew a lease once they have completed the initial rental term.
Understanding when landlords can evict tenants can help resolve disputes between landlords and tenants.