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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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Can A Landlord Deny A Reasonable Accommodation Request For A Pit Bull Companion Animal?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

As I have mentioned in a prior blog post I have seen a significant increase in tenant requests for a reasonable accommodation to a landlord's "no pet" policy so that the tenant can keep a comfort/companion animal. As a result of this increase, I am also seeing an increase in reasonable accommodation requests to keep what are often referred to as "dangerous breeds" of dogs -- such as Pit ...

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Milwaukee County Issues New Local Rule Regarding Stipulated Dismissals In Eviction Lawsuits

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Evictions, Milwaukee County, Small Claims Court / Comments

Milwaukee County has created a new local rule regarding stipulated dismissals in eviction actions. The new rule is a big change from past practices and contains many details that if not followed correctly will prevent a landlord from obtaining an eviction judgment and writ of restitution if and when a tenant defaults under a stipulated dismissal.

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Guest Post: AASEW Continues Moving Forward

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

This guest post is authored by Tim Ballering, past president and longtime board member of the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. Tim discusses the change in the AASEW's leadership as current president Joe Dahl steps down.

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The 10 Deadly Sins: 10 Provisions That Landlords Cannot Include in Their Wisconsin Residential Rental Agreements

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

With the passage of Act 143 (2012) and Act 76 (2014) the legislature has created several new provisions that a Residential Landlord cannot include in his Rental Agreement. There are currently 10 items, which I affectionately refer to as the "10 Deadly Sins" that if they are included in your Wisconsin residential rental agreement will render the agreement void and unenforceable.In my representation of landlords over the past 20 ...

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AASEW's 11th Landlord Boot Camp will be held on February 21, 2015

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

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. Now that the holidays are behind us it is time to get back to work : ) Toward that end, the AASEW has announced the details of its 11th Landlord Boot Camp.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

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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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Screening Prospective Tenants Is a Must --- That Includes Commercial Tenants

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Screening Tenants, Bankruptcy, Rejecting Rental Applicants, Commercial L-T Law / Comments

Those of you that have attended my seminars or read prior blog posts of mine are well aware that in my opinion screening prospective tenants is the single most important part of landlording.These sentiments apply to commercial tenants as well as residential tenants. Just because your tenant is a corporation, LLC or some other business entity does not make make them legitimate.A corporate tenant can also fail to pay ...

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City of Milwaukee Looking to Expand Its Residential Rental Inspection Program (a.k.a Landlord Licensing)

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in City of Milwaukee, Residential Rental Inspection (RRI) Program / Mandatory Rental I / Comments

The Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) of the city of Milwaukee is looking to expand its Residential Rental Inspection (RRI) program to additional parts of Milwaukee. Simply put the RRI program is "landlord licensing" at its heart and it may very well be coming to your neighborhood.As background, the RRI program was created in December of 2009 as a so-called "pilot" program. It allowed the city to enter ...

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