Green Bay landlord wants to know if he can evict tenants for being Bears fans

It should go without mentioning that the veracity of the following posting on a website dubbed The Landlord Protection Agency should be questioned since we are all aware that simply because something is posted on a message board doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s true (now there’s the most obvious statement ever written about message boards ever), but given that said inquiry was supposedly by a landlord in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers, a team that is literally worshiped by the town’s residents, well, that adds some modicum of validity to the post’s legitimacy.

According to the post on the site by “Carl,” he is “pissed” about how the following scenario played out related to the tenants of his Green Bay rental property:

Via The Landlord Protection Agency’s website:

I know you guys will laugh and call me a “troll”, but here’s my very real situation.

I own a home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My job took me down Lake Michigan a ways towards Milwaukee, but I do plan on living back in Green Bay when I retire in a few years, so I am renting the place out as I do not want to sell it. As you can imagine, people are VERY fanatic about the Green Bay Packers there. My new tenants lied to me on my application and are actually Chicago Bears fans! They have made this known by putting out Bears crap all over the front lawn (flags, lawn gnomes, placemats, etc.). This has pissed off my neighbors something fierce as they do not want to live next to such blowhards. 

Can I evict them based on their lying to me on my application about being Packer fans? I would never have rented to them if I knew they were not as my house is located within walking distance of Lambeau field. I’d rather take a loss and stay there the 8 times a year I go a Packers game instead of renting to some Bears fans. 

Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Ooh, now this is quite landlord-tenant legal conundrum. Okay, maybe not a legal conundrum per se, but a conundrum nevertheless. Alright, maybe not even a conundrum, either, but how about a head-scratcher? Because no matter which way you slice it, the levels of absurdity contained in this posting is at least worthy of a head scratch.

I mean, having the gall to ask prospective tenants about their NFL team allegiances? Can a landlord actually do that? Or better put, does a prospective tenant have to answer such a ridiculous question on an application? And then posting a message on some site asking folks about the legitimacy of serving an eviction notice? Good grief.

Granted, the Bears-Packers rivalry is indeed a fierce one, so for these people to provoke their Packers fan neighbors is certainly a bad idea. Further, a landlord may have some right to request that the tenants stop putting out Bears stuff in the lawn. I imagine there might be something on the books for over-decorating one’s yard or defacing or making alterations to the tenant’s personal property without authorization, but evicting? Please.

Now, I’m not a lawyer, but I suspect not being a fan of the hometown NFL team — whether or not said individuals lied or not on what can only be considered a completely asinine application —  would ever be considered a legitimate reason, legally speaking, to deny rental to a person or persons, or to evict them after the fact.

Only in Green Bay.

[H/T Sports Grid]

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  1. ionized4091

    August 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This is a misleading article. He wants to evict them for lying on their application, not for being Bears fans.

    • DWH

      August 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      You think there might actually be a limit to the type, and substance of questioning on a rental application that might be construed as PREJUDICE?

      If this is allowed, where does it end?

      Race? Religion? Favorite NFL team? REALLY?

      Ridiculous…. This landlord is a pompous ass.

  2. PAJ

    August 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    While on the face, it appears ridiculouse. However, having lived in that general area, I know that the tenant is putting the property in danger by putting up Chicago Bears items. If the house is vandalized by GBP fans, then the landlord may have a valid issue. And more than likely he has a month-to-month agreement, so he can ask them to leave, and then re-write the lease so that no sports items may be placed in the yard. He cannot limit it to GBP support (I believe), although they are the ONLY team that is actually owned by the citizens of Green Bay, WI.
    Yes, this is ridiculous, but sports fanatics are not reasonable!

  3. Jim

    August 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The landlord doesn’t have a legitimate case to evict them. It doesn’t matter whether or not they lied on the application about being Packers fans because that’s not a legitimate question to ask. Just because something is on a contract, does not mean it is legal. The landlord does have a valid reason to not allow them to decorate the lawn however because it is likely to make his property a target for vandalism, even if it doesn’t say anything about that in the lease. He can demand that they not decorate the lawn and if they don’t comply he might have a leg to stand on when it comes to eviction.

    On a side note, I think this is hilarious and kudos to the Bears fans, haha.

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