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Good News For Rental Property Investors - Rental Weatherization Program Is Eliminated

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Investing In Rental Property / Comments

I apologize for the delay in getting this post published but there is good news for rental property investors -- the much maligned rental weatherization program was eliminated as part of the passing of the state budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) which was signed into law on September 21, 2017 and the program will sunset as of January 1, 2018.Back in 1979 the legislature passed a law requiring that all ...

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Wisconsin's Land Contract Default Remedies

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Land Contracts / Comments

This is a guest post by Atty. David Espin of Petrie + PettitAs bank's lending standards have tightened in recent years, financing for real estate sales has become more difficult to obtain. More buyers and sellers are considering alternative financing options, such as land contracts. If the buyer, otherwise known as the vendee, makes all payments on time and pays off the land contract when due, then all parties seemingly ...

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What Is The Difference Between A Service Animal, An Emotional Support Animal, A Comfort Animal, A Companion Animal, and a Therapy Animal?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

There is much confusion regarding the difference between the various terms used for assistance animals. Landlords, tenants, tenant's health care providers, lawyers and even the courts are often confused when it comes to this issue. Hopefully this blog post will help.I often use the generic term "assistance animal" to refer to any animal that is prescribed for a tenant to assist him or her in some way. ...

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Less Than 1 Month Left Until Landlord Boot Camp on October 7, 2017

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

Hello Everyone – There is less than 1 month left until the next Landlord Boot Camp which is scheduled for October 7, 2017. I hope to see many of you there. One new topic that we will be addressing is e-filing your evictions and collection lawsuits. E-filing has been required for most Wisconsin counties for several months now and it is now required in Milwaukee County as well ...

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Landlords Should Create and Implement A Reasonable Accommodation Request Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Reasonable Accommodations, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

With more and more tenants making reasonable accommodation requests to keep assistance animals in their apartments, it is important for landlords to create a policy and process to handle such requests when they arise. As background, a reasonable accommodation request is a request from a person with a disability to a landlord asking that the landlord modify his/her policies, practices or procedures to accommodate the disabled person so that s/he ...

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Milwaukee County Board Considering Ordinance on Rent Abatment

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Abatement / Comments

An important message for the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin: The Milwaukee County Board is considering a proposal that would permit your tenants to abate rent for maintenance issues not addressed within 24 hours.For example, your tenant calls on Friday morning to say the bathroom faucet is not working correctly. You go out and fix it on Sunday, 50 hours after the call came in. This proposal ...

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Fall Landlord Boot Camp Announced - October 7, 2017

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

Hello EveryoneWe have recently selected Saturday, October 7, 2017 for the next Landlord Boot Camp.As you are well aware, Landlording can be pretty complex, with a seemingly never ending myriad of paperwork, rules, landlord-tenant laws and simple mistakes that can cost you thousands. The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin's Landlord Boot Camp can help you navigate these treacherous waters and learn how to run your properties with ...

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CCAP Is Under Attack Once 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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