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Now what? (by Sue S. [IL]) Jun 21, 2009 9:47 AM
       Now what? (by MrRational [MD]) Jun 21, 2009 10:04 AM
       Now what? (by Gloria [TN]) Jun 21, 2009 10:05 AM
       Now what? (by Sue S. [IL]) Jun 21, 2009 10:24 AM
       Now what? (by Virden [OH]) Jun 21, 2009 10:42 PM
       Now what? (by sr [WI]) Jun 22, 2009 5:17 AM
       Now what? (by sr [WI]) Jun 22, 2009 5:18 AM
       Now what? (by MARTIN [KY]) Jun 22, 2009 7:08 AM
       Now what? (by billy [MA]) Jun 22, 2009 7:34 AM

Now what? (by Sue S. [IL]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2009 9:47 AM

I have a question about a SFH I own in Wisconsin, although those from other states may be able to help. I have read the WI statutes and can't find an exact answer to this. I gave a tenant a 14 day notice to vacate for nonpayment of June rent plus other violations (m-t-m agreement). The 14 days will be up tomorrow. He has moved out all furniture and most belongings. Through the window I can see a pile of clothes on the floor and a pan in the sink. According to neighbors, no one has been at the house for about a week. The good news is that he seems to be gone. The bad news is that he hasn't contacted me or returned the key. I left him a phone message yesterday saying that I had people interested in looking at the house so please call me to arrange to return the keys or leave them on the kitchen counter. He has not returned my call. I checked with utilities and he has not contacted them to take his name off the gas and electric. After tomorrow (end of 14 days), do I consider that he has vacated and just left junk behind? Can I enter (with a witness)? Since he still has the keys, doesn't he legally still have possession? I truly don't think this

tenant wants to put up any big fight, he probably thinks he did what he was supposed to do by vacating the premises. I will contact my lawyer, but am wondering what you would suggest.

Now what? (by MrRational [MD]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2009 10:04 AM

Go in immediately. Look for the key he left behind which is often in the drawer next to the kitchen sink (thats a big 'ol hint btw); the other thing to look for is the TV.

Without a TV it is a safe ASSumption that they are gone for good.

Change the locks,clean it out, cleean it up, advertise and re-rent ASAP.

Consider yourself lucky that they actually vacated so promptly and peacefully based only on your letter. Maybe 1 in 10 go that smoothly.

ASSuming all my conjecture proves correct... that they left peacefully etc... I'd call the utility companies and tell them to switch the billing (if it went bad I wouldn't be so kind).


Now what? (by Gloria [TN]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2009 10:05 AM

Since you have given him written notice I would go on in but I would never show it before I had it cleaned up. --12.77.xx.xx

Now what? (by Sue S. [IL]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2009 10:24 AM

I definitely won't show it before I clean it! I can see through the windows that it's pretty dirty. The TV and all furniture are gone. Yes, I am lucky that he seems to have left peacefully. I do try to follow Jeffrey's advice and treat tenants with respect. Before I gave him the notice I went and talked to him and explained what I was going to do. I think he knew that he was in over his head.

Now what? (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2009 10:42 PM

CYA with a 24hr posted, this way you can not get in deep trouble, cause is for photo damages.

Now what? (by sr [WI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2009 5:17 AM

i thought the laws in wisconsin say a 12 hour notice is required... but not 100% sure...

Now what? (by sr [WI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2009 5:18 AM

yep - according to atcp 134.09: landlords may enter the premisis after giving the tenant at least 12 hours advance notice (during reasonable times)

Now what? (by MARTIN [KY]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2009 7:08 AM

Yep, get that key that we all know is in thedrawer by the kitchen sink.

Just in case I would post the notice of entry with the time period required. You might want to store the remaining stuff in case the tenant comes back.

Other than that, get it ready, cleaned-up and rerent.

Now what? (by billy [MA]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2009 7:34 AM

i would just offer him a few bucks for the keys.problem over.worked recently for talks. --208.58.x.xx

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