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Archive of: Abatement

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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With All of This Flood Damage Lately . . . Let's Talk About Untenantability

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

With all of the flood damage from the July 22, 2010 storms throughout SE Wisconsin, I have been receiving lots of questions asking what will cause a rental unit to become "untenantable" and if that happens what are a landlord's duties and a tenant's rights."Untenantable" basically means that a property is not fit for an occupant, is not in proper repair, and/or is not liveable.  A rental property can become untenantable as a ...

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