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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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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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