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New & Revised Landlord-Tenant Forms Available at Wisconsin Legal Blank

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Notices, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, Wisconsin Legal Blank / Comments

As a result of 2015 Act 176 becoming law earlier this month it became necessary to draft and/or revise some of the landlord-tenant forms sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc.As of March 24th the following revised or new forms will be available at WLB:5 Day Notice To Vacate for Criminal Activity or Drug-Related Criminal ActivityThis new notice may be served on a tenant, under any tenancy, if ...

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GUEST POST: An Important Eviction Case Heard By Wisconsin Supreme Court

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Caselaw, AASEW, Evictions, Notices / Comments

An important eviction case heard by the WI Supreme Court Attorney Heiner Giese on behalf of the Apartment Association filed an Amicus brief with the WI Supreme Court supporting the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority in their case against Cobbs. This case was heard by the Supreme Court yesterday. Basically the case revolves around the federal “one strike and you're out" rule for Section 8 housing and the state of ...

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Top 10 Pitfalls That Landlords Should Avoid

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Notices, Screening Tenants, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, CCAP, Seminars, Property Management, Rejecting Rental Applicants / Comments

Those of you that missed the last AASEW membership meeting on Monday, April 15, 2013, missed a great meeting and a great presentation.  The featured presenter was John "Dr. Rent" Fischer, a Wausau-area landlord and rental property manager, who spoke to a packed house that Monday.  John's presentation was dynamic, educational and at times pretty darn funny.With John's permission, I am providing you with a link to ...

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Accepting Past Due Rent After Termination of Tenancy: The New Law and Traps To Avoid

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

The Landlord's Omnibus Law (Act 143) introduced a new statutory section to Chapter 799 regarding situations when a landlord accepts past due rent from a tenant after the tenant's tenancy has been terminated.  Newly created sec. 799.40(1m) states as follows:If a landlord commences an action under this section against a tenant whose tenancy has been terminated for failure to pay rent, the action under this section may NOT be dismissed solely because ...

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Newly revised Landlord-Tenant Law Forms Available at Wisconsin Legal Blank on April 2 and April 3, 2012.

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Notices, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law) / Comments

Wisconsin's Landlord Omnibus Law (Act 143) went into effect today - April 1, 2012.  As a result of the new law it was necessary for me to update many of the landlord-tenant law forms that are sold at Wisconisn Legal Blank. As of Monday, April 2, 2012, the following revised forms will be available:1.   Residential Rental Agreement  (Form #19)-  Added language required in order for landlord to be able ...

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Upon Further Reflection, I Think The Governor Should Veto The Landlord's Omnibus Bill

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Notices, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law) / Comments

I spent several hours yesterday reviewing and thinking about the new Landlord's Omnibus Bill that is to be signed into law today by Governor Walker at 4 pm.I then spent hours of time trying to summarize the new law in yesterday's blog post in an easy to read and understand format.Since publishing the blog post yesterday I have a few more thoughts and concerns:1.  AASEW Board member and friend Tim Ballering ...

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Q&A: What A Landlord Should Do If Tenant Gives An Improper 28 Day Notice

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Notices / Comments

Every now and then I like to highlight a question or comment that I receive on this blog that I think is especially educational.  I recently received a great question from Peter which I have decided to reproduce as a blog post so that more people can view it and become better educated on the topic.This specific question has to do with a month to month tenancy in which the ...

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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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Don't Miss the 2nd Annual East Side Landlord Think Small Conference on Wednesday November 9, 2011

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Notices, City of Milwaukee, Seminars, Milwaukee County / Comments

I will be the featured speaker at the upcoming East Side Landlord Think Small Conference on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 3 pm - 6:30 pm at UW-Milwaukee, Chapman Hall located at 2310 E. Hartford Avenue, in the Regent's Room on the 2nd floor.This conference is FREE to any and all interested landlords, with a special focus on Milwaukee's East Side landlords.This conference is composed of 3 componants:1.   Featured Speaker - I ...

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Crime-Free Lease Bill On The Horizon

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Legislation, Notices / Comments

On September 12, 2011, on behalf of the AASEW, I traveled to Madison to meet with the Wisconsin Rental Housing Coalition, several legislators’ aides, and an attorney from the Legislative Reference Bureau to assist in the review of and drafting of a new piece of legislation that will greatly affect residential landlords.Not yet a bill, this proposed legislation is referred to as LRB-2098/1 or informally as the “Crime-Free Lease bill.”  Initiated ...

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