A Show with Nothing but Questions

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. I was looking at all of the things I need to get done and was thinking about canceling this week’s radio show. But then I remembered that last week’s show got cancelled, and I will also be missing the show on February 17th because I will be down in Oklahoma. So… I can’t do that to my listener and therefore the show must go one.

With my rental classes in full swing, a get a large number of questions. Therefore, I have enough questions to fill at least one if not more radio shows. The questions that I thought were worth bringing up on the air include:

    – Tenant vacated the apartment, but they sub-let. Sub-let paid tenant, but tenant did NOT pay landlord. Can the landlord evict the sub-tenant? If the landlord and the sub-tenant want to enter into a new lease, can the landlord end the lease of the tenant? What about those amounts that weren’t paid to landlord?

    – Tenant originally could not have a pet. After consideration, landlord did allow a pet. Pet caused a large amount of damage. Can the court now say the landlord can’t collect for that damage because they changed their policy about having a pet?

    – What are the pro’s and con’s of delaying an eviction action by adjourning it (pushing the date back) versus entering into a stipulated dismissal agreement?

    – If a tenant leaves after getting a 5-Day or 14-Day notice, does that mean that the lease ends? Does evicting a tenant also end the lease?

    – Recently, the new carbon monoxide (CO) detector laws went into effect that require the detectors in duplexes and single family homes (including owner occupied). This law had been in effect since April 2010 for apartments. Although this will be a future show main topic, who is responsible for providing, and then maintaining the detectors?

    – If you are a holdover tenant, which is normally a month-to-month term, but the original lease had a 60-day notice provision… when you as a tenant give a 60-day notice, with the rental agreement then end in 60-days or does the month-to-month requirement of the agreement ending on the last day of a rent paying period still hold true?

    – A tenant is behind in rent, but it is a 3 year lease. Is it true that a 5-Day or 14-Day cannot be used?

    – A landlord was surprised that they just cant change the locks after the 5-Day or 14-Day expires and they have to go through court to change the locks. When was this “new” law passed?

I know I still need to summarize the things I covered on the last radio show a few weeks ago, I will try to find time this weekend to do that. I will probably not get through all of these questions this week, but whatever I don’t get to, we will start off next week’s program with.

As always, the Dr. Rent Radio Show can be heard on Thursdays, from 5 to 6 PM on WNRB-LP. In the greater Wausau area, that is at 93.3 FM on your radio dial. For the entire world, the live stream is up and you can tune into the Dr. Rent show using your computer by going to

(NOTE: To listen to the live stream, you must have software such as WinAmp, Real Player or I-Tunes installed on your computer, all three of these programs can be downloaded for free.)


About drrent

Wausau, Wisconsin Landlord, past president of the Wisconsin Apartment Association, Host of the Dr Rent Radio Show on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM, Wausau, WI
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