One question that has come up several times in the past few months is – do we have to keep paying the rent for someone who has passed away? The answer is yes. Under Wisconsin law, the lease remains in effect even though the tenant has died. If rent is not paid, the landlord can seek payment through the probate practice.
If you are presented with this situation because you are helping taking care of a loved one’s final affairs, keep in mind the following:
- Contact the landlord about the death immediately;
- Request a copy of the lease;
- Begin coordinating emptying and cleaning the premises;
- Discuss ways to find a new tenant for the unit, hopefully ending the lease.