Once you receive a 5, 14, or 30-day notice, you have three options if and only if you have a right to cure: If you have no right to cure, you must move out or risk being sued for eviction and double rent.
1. You can fix the problem and remain in the apartment. If you received a 5-day notice and you pay up or take reasonable steps to fix another type of violation within the time limit (the day served, Saturday and Sunday do not count (Wis. Stat. 801.15(1)), then you have the right to remain in the apartment. The landlord does not have a right to remove you or even go to court or to refuse a rent payment from you. Write a dated letter to the landlord saying the problem is cured and keep a copy. If you received a 14-day notice and fix the problem (remembering to document that you cured with a copied letter) you may still have to negotiate with your landlord. The landlord could refuse your rent and file an eviction summons and complaint to schedule a small claims court hearing. If you reach a settlement, try to get any agreement in writing, signed by all parties, and keep a copy.
2. You can deny any violation and stay. However, if you stay and the landlord files a Summons and Complaint, even if the case is dismissed, the summons is public record. Future landlords might turn you down even for the dismissed eviction .so it is better to avoid the summons if possible. Also, the landlord could win the eviction and get a judgment for double the pro-rated rent for each day after the last 5- or 14-day. If possible, sometimes the safest option is to negotiate with your landlord; any agreement reached should be in writing with copies for both you and your landlord.
3. You can move out. This may be an option if you have a place to go. However, moving out does not end your responsibility for the rental agreement. Even if you leave, you will probably still owe the rent, as well as the cost of re-rental ads, until the landlord re-rents or until the lease ends. (The landlord has a duty to make all reasonable efforts to re-rent the unit, according to Wis. Stat. 704.29.) Also, even if you leave, the landlord may still file in court to evict you, just to make sure you do not move back in (avoid this by giving the landlord notice in writing of your move-out date, return the keys promptly after move out and keep a copies for your records.) This court record or the landlord's bad reference or credit report can make it difficult to find another apartment.