In Wisconsin, if a tenant violates terms of the lease, the landlord may begin the eviction process by issuing notice. The Wisconsin 14 Day Notice to Vacate may be used in several, specific lease violation situations with tenants who have leases of one year or less. (Leases for terms longer than a year generally require a 30 day notice. Periodic leases and tenancy-at-will agreements generally require a notice period that is at least the same as the rent payment period.)
The 14 Day Notice to Vacate tells the tenant that he or she must move out of the rental property before 14 days have passed. It advises tenants that there is no remedy available to them to remain in the rental, and warns them that they may face financial damages.
Applicable uses for this form are:
- A tenant with a week-to-week or a month-to-month lease agreement who has violated lease terms other than nonpayment of rent
- A tenant with a week-to-week or a month-to-month lease agreement who has failed to pay late rent after receiving the 5 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate and after failing to meet the 5 day payment deadline.
- A tenant with a lease term of one year or year-to-year who has committed a second lease violation within the last year and who was previously (within the last year) issued a 5 Day Notice for that lease violation. (Even if the tenant remedied the earlier violation)
This form must be downloaded and filled in. Make sure that the tenant’s and landlord’s names and all other information match the information in the lease. List the lease violation(s). The bottom section of the form must be filled in by the person who serves the notice. Be sure to first check requirements for serving the notice with the Clerk of Courts in the county where the rental unit is located.
If the tenant fails to vacate the rental unit by the deadline set in the 14 Day Notice to Vacate, the landlord may then file an eviction action in small claims court. The tenant will receive notice of such action and may contest the action to the court.
For more information on Wisconsin landlord tenant law, go to http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1997/statutes/statutes/704/17