I'm a Wisconsin landlord with a difficult tenant. I've given the tenant the proper Wisconsin termination notice, but he still won't leave. What next? What is the Wisconsin eviction process?
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When you go to court on the return date, there are four possible outcomes. The first is that your tenant will resolve the claim and the case will be dismissed. The second is that you and your tenant will come to a settlement, and again, the case will be dismissed. The third is that the tenant will not respond or appear, and a default judgment will be entered for you. The fourth possibility, and the most likely, is that you and your tenant will not come to an agreement and the court will set a date for trial. At trial, a judge will decide in favor of either you or the tenant. The losing party will have 15 days to file an appeal of that decision. The court will order the tenant to move by a certain date, and if the tenant does not, the sheriff will remove the tenant and the tenant's property for you. At no time during this process should you change the locks, shut off utilities, or remove your tenant's possessions yourself. This is illegal. It is always best to wait for the sheriff.
If at any time you feel it would be best to get personalized legal help, you can always seek out an experienced Wisconsin evictions attorney to handle the eviction process for you.