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HUD Issues New Guidelines On The Use of Criminal Records In The Rental Screening Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Screening Tenants / Comments

On April 4, 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dropped a bombshell on owners and managers of residential rental properties in the U.S.HUD's Office of General Counsel published a 10 page guide entitled "Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real-Estate Related Transactions." This guide essentially changes the rules as we ...

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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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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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Landlord Boot Camp Is Just Around The Corner - February 20, 2016

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

The AASEW's (Early) Spring Landlord Boot Camp is just around the corner. Can you believe that this will be our 13th Boot Camp seminar? 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. In fact as we speak a new landlord-tenant bill is being debated in Madison.The Apartment Association of Southeastern ...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Emergency Assistance Stays

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Evictions, Emergency Assistance / Comments

I recently had a client call me and advise that they received an Emergency Assistance letter and other documents from UMOS (one of the agencies that administer E.A. funds) for a client that they were in the process of evicting. Unfortunately, I had to advise the client that merely by the tenant having applied for Emergency Assistance, the eviction action would have to be "stayed" (i.e. delayed) per Wisconsin ...

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If You Allow Your Tenant To Keep A Pet Then You Should Be Using a Written Pet Agreement

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Rental Documents, Pets / Comments

In talking with my clients and potential clients over the past year, I have also noticed that more and more landlords are allowing tenants to keep pets. I am not sure if this is because of the many pet owners that were also homeowners that have since lost their homes to foreclosure and have been forced to become renters or if it is because landlords are trying to be more ...

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Don't Miss the Free Annual AASEW Landlord Trade Show and Education Event on October 8th.

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

Yes, folks it is time once again for the Free Annual AASEW Landlord Trade Show and Education Event. If you own rental housing, or wish to become an investor, this is the event for you. October 8th 11 AM – 4:30 PM Potawatomi Bingo Casino Expo Center, 1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 Lots of educational seminars, lots of food, lots of networking, lots of opportunities to ...

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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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SEMINAR: AASEW'S Fall Landlord Boot Camp Will Be Held on October 17th

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

The AASEW's Fall Landlord Boot Camp is just around the corner. Can you believe that this will be our 12th Boot Camp seminar? 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.The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin's 12th “Landlord Boot Camp" can help you navigate these treacherous waters and learn how to ...

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Legal Issues Pertaining to Bedbugs & How Landlords Can Protect Themselves

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Seminars, Bedbugs / Comments

Hello Everyone --- I hope that you are all enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know about a free seminar that I will be giving on the Legal Issues Pertaining To Bedbugs and What Landlords Can Do To Protect Themselves on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.I will be presenting this 1-1.5 hour presentation as part of Batzner Pest Control's 5th Annual Bed Bug Seminar. Here are the details:- ...

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