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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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Act 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 4: Who May File An Eviction and Who May Appear In Court

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, LLC's, Small Claims Court, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Act 76 which will become effective on March 1, 2014 has changed Wisconsin law with regard to who may file an eviction action and who can appear in court to prosecute an eviction.Current law only allows the person or entity "entitled to the possession of the property" to file an eviction action. Typically this would be the owner of the rental property. As such, a management company or ...

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ACT 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 3: Speeding Up the Eviction Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, City of Milwaukee, City of Madison, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Several of the provisions of Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant law, Act 76 (SB 179), were created or amended to speed up the eviction process.  Evictions are supposed to be summary proceedings and per the Wisconsin Supreme Court (Scalzo v. Anderson, 87 Wis. 2d 834 (1979)) there are very limited number of issues permissible in an evictions action.  Nonetheless, tenants were finding ways to delay the process.  Hopefully Act 76 will resolve much of ...

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Governor Walker Signed 2013 Wisconsin Act 76 (SB 179) Into Law Today

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

 2013 Wisconsin Act 76 (SB 179) was signed into law today, December 12, 2013, by Governor Scott Walker in his office at the Capital building.Many people attended the signing, including myself.  It was the first law signing that I have ever attended and was very intersting.  I was able to get a ...

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ACT 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 2: Restrictions on Local Ordinances

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, City of Milwaukee, Residential Rental Inspection (RRI) Program / Mandatory Rental I, City of Madison, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

As I mentioned in Part 1, the soon to be new law contains new provisions as well as some corrective provisions (which will correct unintended consequences from last year's new law Act 143).  In this blog post I will talk about one of the new provisions of the law which will restrict a local municipality from creating and/or enforcing certain local ordinances.The new law will creates sec. 66.0104(2)(c) and (d), Wis. ...

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Governor Walker To Sign Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law Next Week

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

I have recently learned that Governor Scott Walker will be signing Senate Bill 179 into law next week Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8 AM in the Governor's Conference Room in Madison.Senate Bill 179 will be signed along with a group of other bills starting at 8 AM that morning.Those of us involved in the drafting of this bill are happy to see all of the hard work come to ...

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ACT 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 1: Background and Overview

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law), Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Senate Bill 179, which is commonly referred to as the "Landlord-Tenant Law Bill," is on its way to becoming law in the near future.  For many of us it has been a long wait.After initially being introduced in the Wisconsin Senante on May 8, 2013, the Senante concurred to some changes made to SB 179 by the Assembly on October 16, 2013.  It is expected that Governor Walker will sign ...

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Why I Am So Excited About This Saturday's AASEW Landlord Boot Camp

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Legislation, Seminars, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law), Act 76 (SB 179), Landlord Boot Camp / Comments

I am really excited about this Saturday's AASEW Landlord Boot Camp. Why you ask? Well let me tell you.Just last week the Senate in Madison passed SB 179 which is a very large and sweeping revision to much of landlord-tenant law in Wisconsin. This bill not only cleans up the unintended consequences of last years Act 143, it also makes some major changes such as:- Applies the ...

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SB 179 ("Landlord-Tenant Bill") Is On It's Way To Governor Walker To Be Signed Into Law

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Legislation, Evictions, State of Wisconsin, Small Claims Court, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law) / Comments

At about 6:40 pm on October 16, 2013, SB 179 (commonly referred to as the Landlord-Tenant Bill) was concurred by the state Senate after a minor amendment was made in the state Assembly earlier.  The bill passed 18-15 despite attempts to delay the bill via a motion to non-concur.  The bill now goes to the Governor who has 30 days to "call" for the bill and sign it.If you would like to ...

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AASEW's Landlord Boot Camp On October 26th To Address New Landlord Tenant Law Soon To Be Passed

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

Be the first on your block to learn about the new Landlord-Tenant law which is expected to be passed later this month!The AASEW's popular Landlord Boot Camp will address the ins and outs of the new law (currently referred to as Senate Bill 179) on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:30 am - 5:30 ...

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