My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Wisconsin
I live in the basement of an old duplex. My room contains a utility closet. When I first moved in the apartment was not cleaned, I complained and got a large reduction on my first month rent to basically clean it myself, but thats a different story. In this utility closet I found when I thought were mice droppings. I placed a few traps and although mice are my biggest fear, I didnt think much of it.
Fast forward few months, my cats catch a bat in the living quarters of the apartment. I caught it and brought it in for testing, negative, ok just a fluke. Well last month they caught another bat, and it all clicked, the droppings I am finding are not mice, but bat. The utility closet has vents that go to the attic so the bats are coming down during the night and accidentally finding there way into my apartment (poor things).
Plot twist, this bat tested positive for rabies. 100$ x2 to get the cats vaccinated again, and x000$ to get me vaccinated. I didnt say anything to landlord first time but this second time I called and said hey we have a problem. And this new bat has rabies.
We clearly found where the bats are getting in from the outside. The landlords are taking weeks to get this fixed and I am terrified I will find another bat. If you ever heard bats in panic it is a terrifiying high pitched squealing sound, I hear it everywhere I go now out of fear.
Do I have any legal recourse to pay for rabies or break lease? Lease is up in a few months, I just wish they would take this more seriously