What is the name of your state? - Wisconsin
Hello all - I live in Wisconsin in a housing cooperative with about 30 people. We have regular lease agreements. At the beginning of January, another co-op member assaulted his girlfriend (who is also a member). In front of witnesses, he punched her, took her head and bashed it into a car, kicked her and poured alcohol over her head. When the police arrived, the girlfriend refused to file charges. The offender ended up being arrested, but because he had a warrant for unpaid child support rather than the violence that night - the police said this would be simpler, because the warrant was already there. We found out later that he should have been charged with domestic violence according to state mandatory arrest laws, but the police apparently screwed that up.
Our house requested that the violent member be evicted, but the agency which manages our leases said it could only issue a five-day notice, and since the person did not beat his girlfriend again within five days, we have to keep living with him! Is this really true - that a person can be a threat to those he lives with, and we have to live with him? We have six children in this house, including two infants.
On top of all this, the violent member and his girlfriend owe our house about $2000 collectively - when we requested that the co-op agency evict them for rent, they gave them a payment plan, saying they HAD TO legally! Is this true?
Are there perhaps child protective laws or tenant protective laws (habitability?) that might supercede the "5 day notice" law? Our children are terrified of this man, and we really need him out - or alternately, if it's feasible, some of us would like to file a lawsuit against the co-op agency for forcing us to live with a potentially dangerous tenant.