Does a landlord have to tell you that a sex offender lives next door?

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Does a landlord have to tell you that a sex offender lives next door?

Can I break my lease or get out of my lease because of this?

Asked on April 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not the landlord's obligation to tell you about a sex offender. Since the landlord does not have a duty to inform of this, there is no liability to the landlord--such as no right on your behalf to terminate your lease early--if the landlord does inform you of a sex offender. More generally, since a landlord is not responsible for the actions, even criminal actions, of third parties not under the landlord's control, the presence of a sex offender does not give you legal grounds to terminate your lease early.


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