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Archive of: Legislation

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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ACT 176: Governor Signs New Landlord-Tenant Bill Into Law

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Act 176 / Comments

On Monday, February 29, 2016 Governor Scott Walker signed a new landlord-tenant law bill into law. The new law entitled 2015 Wisconsin Act 176 ("Act 176") was published on March 1, 2016 and went into effect the following day - Mach 2, 2016 - which means I am late in drafting this blog post since the new law is almost 1 week old already.The passage of Act ...

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Landlords Lose Lawsuit Against City of LaCrosse

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

On August 27, 2014, a LaCrosse County judge ruled against several LaCrosse landlords that had sued the city over its local rental registry and inspection ordinance.The plaintiffs included 34 landlords with rental property in the city of LaCrosse and attacked the cities ordinance on both constitutional grounds as well as arguing that the ordinance violated state law, specifically Act 76, which became law on March 1, 2014. To learn ...

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Second Lawsuit Filed Alleging Local Ordinance Violates Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law (Act 76)

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

I just read in the Wausau Daily Herald today that a second legal challenge has been filed based on Wisconsin's new landlord-tenant law (Act 76). The city of Wausau is getting sued by several local landlords over its Residential Rental Licensing Ordinance which requires that rentals be inspected every three years for compliance with the city's local building codes.One of the arguments in the lawsuit is that the ...

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Act 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law - Part 6: Alternative Disposition of Property During Eviction

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, Abandoned Property, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Act 76, has amended sec. 799.45 Wis. Stats., and created new options for a landlord to dispose of a tenant's abandoned personal property after the writ has been executed by the Sheriff and the rental unit has been returned to the landlord's possession.Under the old law, if the rental property was located in a county with a population greater than 500,000 people, a landlord was required to hire a ...

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First Legal Challenge As A Result of Act 76 (Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law)

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

I just read an article on WXOW.com today about what I believe to be the first legal challenge as a result of the passage of Act 76 - Wisconsin's new landlord tenant law.Two local landlords in La Crosse, Wisconsin are suing the city of La Crosse over its new registration and inspection ordinance which only applies to rental units.  Per the article written by Dave Solie of WXOW.com, local ...

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Act 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law - Part 5: Domestic Violence Notice Langauge & More Prohibited Rental Agreement Provisions

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Rental Agreements, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Act 76 has made many changes to Landlord-Tenant law in Wisconsin, some of which I have explained in prior blog posts. One of the biggest changes, which I have not yet blogged about, is the requirement that a landlord include language notifying tenants of certain domestic abuse protections in all rental agreements or addenda as of March 1, 2014.The required language is set forth in sec. 704.14, ...

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New CCAP Bill Introduced

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

A new CCAP bill (Senate Bill 526) was introduced on January 30, 2014 by Senators Grothman, Taylor, Schultz, Harris, and Risser. A public hearing has already been held.Current law allows for any criminal charge to remain on CCAP even if the charge was dismissed.This new bill, if passed, would require the Director of CCAP to remove a case involving a misdemeanor or felony from CCAP within 120 days ...

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Revised Wisconsin Legal Blank Forms Will Be Available on Monday, February 17th

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, Act 76 (SB 179), Wisconsin Legal Blank / Comments

As I hope most of you are aware, Wisconsin passed a new law that will great affect landlord-tenant law - Act 76. Whenever the law is changed, there is usually a need to revise and/or update your rental documents to comply with the law. That is definitely the case with the changes from Act 76.As such, I have had to update many of the rental documents that are ...

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AASEW Meeting: Come Learn About The New Landlord-Tenant Law (Act 76) on Feb. 17th

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Legislation, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

As many of you know I have been blogging over the past month or so about aspects of the new Landlord-Tenant law that goes into effect on March 1, 2014.  Well, I will continue to blog about the new law in the future, but if you would prefer to learn all about Act 76 in its entirety you should plan on coming to the next AASEW monthly meeting on Monday, ...

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