About the Author

tristan-pettit-blogTristan R. Pettit is a shareholder with the Milwaukee law firm of Petrie & Stocking S.C. which has been in existence for over 115 years assisting individuals, families, and businesses throughout the state.

He focuses his practice in the area of general civil and business litigation with an emphasis on landlord-tenant law.

Mr. Pettit handles both commercial and residential evictions and the accompanying damages claims for his clients throughout the state.  He has also been involved in litigation dealing with lead-based paint issues, Fair Housing (discrimination) claims, bedbugs, building code orders, public nuisance lawsuits, and both the prosecution and defense of Wisconsin Administrative Code – ATCP 134 – violations.

He assists clients with the drafting and interpretation of commercial leases and residential rental agreements and other rental documents and is the author of the landlord-tenant legal forms sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc., which are used throughout the state.

Mr. Pettit presents seminars on landlord-tenant law and related matters throughout the state and is a current board member and past-president of the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

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  • #1 by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. on August 25th, 2014

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    Hi Kim — thanks for your kind words. Yes, each state’s L-T laws are different. Hopefully you can find an attorney in IL that focuses on this area of law also. I would suggest contacting the Illinois State Bar Association (or a more local bar association depending on the city in which your rentals are located and see if they have any L-T attorneys listed). Good luck


  • #2 by Susan Aldrich on November 5th, 2014

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    I have a single tenant who is dying. I have not seen any information on how to prepare for that death, such as my legal obligations, handling his possessions, who to let in (he hates his relatives), keys, paperwork, etc .Are there legal considerations on discussing these plans with a tenant? Also his lease has now expired.

  • #3 by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. on November 18th, 2014

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    Susan — the only law that sheds any light on this issue is sec. 704.165, Wis. Stats. The other issues you mention are not addressed in the law unfortunately and many landlords handle it in many different ways. I would suggest talking to other landlords and see what they do in that scenario or retaining a lawyer to assist you.