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Archive of: Credit Checks

GUEST POST: The Benefits of Tenant Screening

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Credit Checks, Screening Tenants / Comments

This is a blog post drafted by the American Apartment Owners AssociationAlthough taking time to screen rental applicants thoroughly may not seem necessary, failing to do so may cost you considerable time and money later. If you just accept money from an applicant ready to put down the deposit today, it could backfire on you. If you simply approve a tenant after verifying his or her employment because you are ...

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You Will Not Want To Miss AASEW's Fourth Annual Landlord Boot Camp on Saturday Feb. 25th

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Tenant Damage, Credit Checks, AASEW, Lead-Based Paint, Fair Housing / Discrimination, Protected Classes, Evictions, Late Fees, Notices, Collections, Emergency Assistance, City of Milwaukee, Screening Tenants, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, Seminars, Pets, Security Deposit, Milwaukee County, Property Management, Mitigation of Damages / Re-Renting, Untenantability, Execution of Writ, State of Wisconsin, Self-Help Evictions, Right of Entry, Reasonable Modifications, Reasonable Accommodations, Rejecting Rental Applicants, Walkthroughs, De Novo Hearings, Earnest Money, Landlord Liability, Small Claims Court, Holdover Damages, Roommates, Smoke Detectors / Comments

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 of dollars.The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin's Fourth Annual “Landlord Boot Camp” can help you navigate these treacherous waters and teach you how to run your properties with greater profit and less hassles.I have given similar landlord-tenant law seminars to fellow attorneys, landlords, and property manager ...

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AASEW's Next Meeting Focuses On The Topic of Credit Reports - Monday, July 18th

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Credit Checks, AASEW / Comments

Would you like to know if your prospective tenant is a good credit risk?Then join the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin (AASEW) at our General Membership meeting on Monday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m, at the Best Western, 1005 South Moorland Road in Brookfield.  Kathy Haines, of Landlord Services, LLC will present "Credit Reports 101:  How To Determine If Your Prospective Tenant is a Good Credit Risk" At 6:30 p.m. right before our meeting, ...

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SUING AN EX-TENANT FOR PAST DUE RENT: What Factors To Consider

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Tenant Damage, Credit Checks, Collections, Rental Documents / Comments

Your tenant has already vacated your rental unit - so there is no need to file an eviction action -- but they left owing you money.  Is it worth your time and effort to sue them in order to obtain a money judgment?  This is probably the third most frequently asked question that I receive when talking to landlords (the first two most asked questions in case you are curious ...

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ATCP 134 RULES ON CREDIT CHECK/REPORT FEES

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, Credit Checks / Comments

 ATCP 134 contains specific rules regarding when and how a landlord can charge a rental applicant for the cost of their credit report.   As background, ATCP 134 is the chapter of the Administrative Code of Wisconsin that sets forth 21 requirements that Landlords must follow or else risk getting sued for double damages and attorney's fees by the applicant or tenant.The applicable portion of the rules regarding credit checks is ...

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