Madison – On December 30th, 2021, residents of a mobile home community in Sauk City were given a notice that they would need to vacate in 31 days. They were given no explanation and told that they would need to remove their homes from the land. Today, Representative Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb), and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) introduced LRB-5653 in response, requiring that tenants be given a 90-day notice and released the following statement:
“We were disheartened by the news that residents of a mobile home community were given little notice that they would need to find a new place to reside. To make matters worse, they were told that they had to move their mobile home, which is precarious in the winter months. This is unfair to the families and individuals who had no inkling that the land was being sold. In addition, finding someone to haul a mobile home and land to place a home is much harder than finding an apartment, and Wisconsin law should reflect that. Moving requires thoughtful planning and can greatly impact the lives of everyone involved. Current law does not provide this essential time.
“LRB-5653 would require that tenants be given a 90 day notice before their lease is terminated so that Wisconsin mobile home residents are given the proper time to plan their next steps. We must ensure that individuals have time to find a new place of residence, to avoid unnecessary hardship. If passed, this bill could prevent others from the horrible experience of having nowhere to go.”