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CCAP Is Under Attack Again

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in CCAP / Comments

A panel tasked with providing guidance to the Director of State Courts has recommended that certain information on Wisconsin's Circuit Court Access site (often referred to as CCAP) should be removed in certain situations. The recommendations made include:Any felony charges brought against a person which were later dismissed or where the defendant was acquitted of the charges would be removed from CCAP after 1-2 years.Any misdemeanor charges brought against ...

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What Is The Difference Between a Rental Agreement, a Lease, and a Month to Month Tenancy

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Rental Agreements, Rental Documents / Comments

A question that I am often asked is what is the difference between a rental agreement, a lease, and a month to month tenancy. I will do my best to explain.The "Real World" AnswerA "Rental Agreement" is the general term that is used to cover all types of rental tenancies. A rental agreement includes a lease and a periodic tenancy (such as a month to month tenancy). ...

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GUEST POST: Is Your LLC Protecting Your Personal Assets?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in LLC's / Comments

Hello Everyone - Atty. David Espin has recently joined PETRIE + PETTIT. Dave focuses his practice on business law, with an emphasis on business formation, corporate transactions, business bankruptcy, and commercial workouts. Dave advises businesses of all sizes on the legal and practical issues that they face every day.Below is a guest post that he has written which is applicable to landlords, many of which hold their rental properties ...

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GUEST POST: Views on "Landlords Games" Series and the City of Milwaukee's Task Force on LLC's

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in LLC's, Investing In Rental Property, City of Milwaukee / Comments

This is a Guest Blog Post authored by Tim BalleringRecently the Milwaukee Journal ran a series “Landlord Games" that inaccurately portrayed LLCs as being used simply to avoiding paying property taxes and fines. The result is the Milwaukee Common Council is creating a committee to study LLCs and rental housing. Text of proposal. The rental industry is again, noticeably absent from those invited to the table.View ...

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The Next Landlord Boot Camp Will Be Held on February 18, 2017

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. / Comments

Hello Everyone - I have recently announced the next Landlord Boot Camp session. Here are the details. I hope to see many of you there. WHEN: February 18th, 2017 – Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Registration opens at 7:00 AMWHERE: Clarion Hotel 5311 S. Howell Avenue, MilwaukeeINCLUDED: 100 plus page manual to help you put what you learn into practice.What you will learn at the Apartment Association's ...

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Portland Landlord Sentenced to Jail For Apartment Fire That Resulted In The Death of Six Tenants

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Landlord Liability / Comments

There has been a lot of news reports lately about fires in rental buildings. Recently there was the Oakland, California "Ghost Ship" fire that killed 36 people. Just a few days before that fire, a landlord was sentenced to serve time in jail as a result of one of the deadliest fires in 4 decades in Portland Maine. This was the first jail sentence for a ...

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Public Housing Advocates Take Issue with HUD's Memo Regarding the Use of Criminal Backgrounds In The Tenenat Screening Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. / Comments

The Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), a public housing advocacy group comprised of chief executives of public housing authorities, has published a very detailed and well reasoned letter attacking HUD's recent memo regarding landlords use of rental applicants criminal background in the tenant screening process.If you are would like to learn more about HUD's April 4, 2016 memo drafted by its Office of General Counsel (OGC) you should ...

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More New and Revised Landlord Forms Available at Wisconsin Legal Blank

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Rental Documents, Wisconsin Legal Blank / Comments

I have recently completed drafting some new landlord forms which are now available at Wisconsin Legal Blank, including:1. Smoking Policy Addendum (Form 982) - This form may be used when a landlord wants to prohibit smoking on the rental premises or only allow smoking in specific location/s of the rental premises. This form also sets forth the terms, conditions and rules related to any smoking prohibition or restriction ...

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AASEW's Fall Landlord Boot Camp Announced - October 29, 2016

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Seminars, Landlord Boot Camp / Comments

The AASEW's Fall Landlord Boot Camp has recently been announced. This will be the 14th Boot Camp.This Boot Camp will be a very important one as I will be covering two new topics that are very important.1. We will discuss the new Landlord Tenant Law (Act 176) and its effects including the "crime-free" provisions, and2. We will discuss HUD's new directive regarding the use of an applicant's criminal history in ...

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HUD Issues New Guidelines On The Use of Criminal Records In The Rental Screening Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Screening Tenants / Comments

On April 4, 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dropped a bombshell on owners and managers of residential rental properties in the U.S.HUD's Office of General Counsel published a 10 page guide entitled "Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real-Estate Related Transactions." This guide essentially changes the rules as we ...

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