Wisconsin Governor Announces Deadbeat Tenant Program

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Wisconsin Governor Announces Deadbeat Tenant Prison Program.

Due to generations of Deadbeat Tenants causing untold expense and heartache for landlords and the neighbors who have to put up with their crap, the governor of Wisconsin has decided to get serious about ending this drain on society.

In this new one strike and your out law, instead of giving deadbeats a handout of a deposit so they can go on to the next landlord victim, they will be imprisoned until all debts are paid to the current and past landlords that they have victimized by their actions.

Dave Leachalot of the Deadbeat Tenants Association had this to say...

“Totally unfair, we should be able to screw over the man anytime that we want to, it’s our constitutional right.  Sure I left my last 10 landlords with over $10,000 each in unpaid rent and damages, but hey the place was a dump and totally uninhabitable within a month of getting moved in.  They should have warned me that it would deteriorate that quickly before I moved in, maybe I should sue.”


A few of the highlights of this new law include;

  • All deadbeats will remain in prison until all rents, damages, and pain and suffering have been paid to each of their landlord victims.
  • All deadbeats will be required to spend 4 hours per day on forced work details cleaning up the kind of filth that they have left for landlords in their wake.
  • All deadbeats will be required to take classes and PASS a test on various job skills and “living in a home” skills.
  • All tenants must also keep a good job during their incarceration with their entire paychecks allocated toward paying off their debts and creating a fund for them to use when they try to re-enter the housing market again.


The Governor estimates that 80% of those going through this program will learn to be positive citizens within a year or two of the program.  They will re-integrate into society with new pride in themselves and a new resolve to care for the homes and communities that they live in.


Though many deadbeats are protesting this new legislation, others including responsible tenants, landowners and taxpayers are celebrating.


Most of the jubilation that these citizens are celebrating involves the lower rents, lower taxes, better looking neighborhoods, and brighter future that we are sure to experience with this improvement.


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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Bob - You might want to consider freelancing as a business reporter for The Onion :)

Jun 12, 2015 09:34 AM #1
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 You know when my oldest son was 8 or so he had a friend I did not like this little boy, when we went to a museum he told me they were going to and I said oh why my dad said that it was time to move because we haven't paid the bills and they are going to cut the electricity off, we usually move when that happens. That was the end of that friend!

Jun 12, 2015 09:35 AM #2
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

This must be a joke Bob, right? There is really a Deadbeat Tenants Association?  They are not embarrassed to speak publicly and to the press? This is pretty unbelievable!

Jun 12, 2015 09:50 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob unfortunately there are people like Dave Leachalot of the Deadbeat Tenants Association who feel entitle to take advantage of others and destroy their property as well.

Leach-a-lot's ending words really shows the sense of entitlement these people have  "maybe I should sue.”  And what is sad is that there are liberal judges who would rule in their favor.

Jun 12, 2015 10:01 AM #4
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I would agree with about 98% of this, especially someone that destroys the property and does it not because they lost a job or similar circumstance, but because they choose too or waste money. On the otherhand I have a few eviction on my record, but once my business took of I paid back the landlords, kept in contact with them, and never damanged the house, I left it looking great. It was just when I started my own business I had no money, no choice, every dime went into the business, to have it never happen again.

Jun 12, 2015 10:11 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well, if something like this could go through it would be good.  Same should go for deadbeat homeowners.   they should be required to pay for damages.

Jun 12, 2015 10:42 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many landlords wish for some laws that would impact deadbeat tenants.

I expect that you are over your quota of deadbeats.

Jun 13, 2015 01:18 AM #7
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Bob Crane

I wish this would have been around before I sold all of my rentals because of deadbeats

Jun 13, 2015 11:03 AM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would tread carefully with this that it doesn't become too subjective. I hope all turns out well.

Jun 13, 2015 04:04 PM #9
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm skeptical in todays Politically Correct World, that Deadbeats  won't soon be a protected class ! ( and that this will be unconstitutional) !!!

Jun 16, 2015 09:48 PM #10
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Bob Crane, that sounds like a great act that will protect landlords.  I would love that kind of protection since I once had tenants that pretty much trashed the house.

Jul 25, 2015 01:31 AM #11
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