I have recently completed drafting a new landlord-tenant form that is now available at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc.
Essentially this is a form that a landlord could use when his tenant’s lease is ending (and does not automatically renew or revert to a month to month tenancy) and the landlord wants the tenant to remain as a tenant. The tenant would be allowed to opt for 1 of 3 options on the form.
1. Renew the lease for a specific term, thus creating another lease.
2. Continue under a month to month tenancy
3. Vacate at the end of the rental term.
With this form, the landlord should be filing in all of the blanks before offering to the tenant.. So for instance, if the landlord does not want to give the tenant the option to remain as a month to month tenant, that option could be stricken. The landlord should fill in the dates of any new term and any new monthly rent amount.
Per the language of the form, all terms and conditions of the current (and soon to expire) lease, rules and regulations, nonstandard rental provisions etc. will continue in full force and effect.
The form provides the tenant with a DEADLINE to return the form to the landlord so that the landlord will know what the tenant intends to do.
It also states that if the tenant fails to return the form to the landlord by the deadline, that the landlord will assume that the tenant intends to vacate the rental at the end of the rental term. So if a tenant does not return the form to you by the deadline, you should begin the process of re-renting the unit (or make a follow up call to the tenant to see if his unauthorized pit bull dog accidentally ate it, if you feel like enabling the tenant : )
I hope that the form proves to be helpful.