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Landlord Tenant – Security Deposit


WI Court of Appeals – District IV

Officials: LUNDSTEN, J.

Landlord Tenant – Security Deposit

2014AP2789 Donald J. Knott v. Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

Donald Knott, a residential tenant, appeals the circuit court’s judgment dismissing his claim against the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) for Knott’s security deposit. WHEDA purchased the underlying property at a foreclosure sale. Knott now concedes that a state statute extinguished his right to recover his security deposit. Knott argues, however, that a federal law, the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, preempts the state statute and allows him to hold WHEDA liable for his security deposit. I reject Knott’s argument and, therefore, affirm.



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