As many of you know, I draft the various landlord-tenant law forms that are sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc. In light of the recent court of appeals decision (Keyes & Gruner v. Waldbillig et. al) that I referenced in an earlier blog post, I have made some additions and revisions to WLB’s Nonstandard Rental Provisions Form. As such, a new and improved Nonstandard Rental Provisions form is now being sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank.
The date of the new form is May 29, 2013.
I would strongly encourage landlords and management companies to start to using the new form as soon as is legally possible.
The new form includes an added provision that allows alandlord to deduct re-rental costs as allowed under Wis. Stats. sec. 704.29 from a tenant’s security deposit – this was the specific deduction that was at issue in the Keys & Gruner v. Waldbillig et. al. Court of Appeals case referenced in my earlier post.
The new Nonstandard Rental Provision form also includes a provision addressing the withholding of “holdover” damages as set forth in Wis. Stats. sec. 704.27, from a tenant’s security deposit.
Finally, I made some grammatical changes and reworded a few provisions in the old Nonstandard Rental Provisions form to make them more straightforward and clear.
So to best protect yourself, I would encourage you to pick up the new Nonstandard Rental Provision form dated May 29, 2013 from Wisconsin Legal Blank.
DISCLAIMER: For those of you who may think that I am “pushing” the new Nonstandard Rental Provisions form because I receive a portion of the sale proceeds, that unfortunately is not the case : ). I am paid up front by WLB for my time to draft the forms and revise them as needed based on changes in the law. So I have no vested interest in you purchasing the new form other than I don’t want you to be caught in the same situation as the landlord was in the Keyes & Gruner v. Waldbillig et. al court of appeals case. : )