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

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 Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin’s 11th “Landlord Boot Camp” can help you navigate these treacherous waters and learn how to run your properties with greater profit and less hassles. 

Who:  Taught by Attorney Tristan Pettit, who drafts many of the landlord tenant forms for Wisconsin Legal Blank.

Attorney Tristan Pettit has given similar landlord-tenant law seminars to fellow attorneys, landlords, and property manager organizations that charge their members $300-$400.
This is your opportunity to learn all of the same information at a huge discount through the Apartment Association

When:  February 21st, 2015 Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Registration opens at 7:00 AM

Where: Clarion Hotel 5311 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee [Map]

Included: 100 plus page manual to help you put what you learn into practice.  

Price

  • Members $159
  • Non-Members $249

Specials: Not a member?  Pay just $1 more than the non member price and receive both the Boot Camp and an AASEW membership for the remainer of 2015 including member discounts at Home Depot, Sherwin Williams and more.

Wisconsin landlord-tenant laws are constantly changing.  To help keep you up to date those who attended in the past three years a $50 discount.

What you will learn at the Apartment Association’s 2015 Landlord Boot Camp 

Landlord Boot Camp covers everything that you need to know about residential Landlord Tenant law in Wisconsin, as amended in April 2012 by Act 143 and again in March 2014 by Act 76, including:

1.  How to properly screen prospective tenants

2.  How to draft written screening criteria to assist you in the selection process

3.  How to comply with both federal and state Fair Housing laws including how to comply with “reasonable modifications”  and “reasonable accommodations” requests

4.  How to legally reject an applicant

5.  What rental documents you should be using and why

6.  When you should be using a 5-day notice versus a 14-day notice, 28-day notice, or 30-day notice and how to properly serve the notice on your tenant

7.  Everything you wanted to know (and probably even more than you wanted to know) about the Residential Rental Practices (ATCP 134) and how to avoid having to pay double damages to your tenant for breaching ATCP 134

8.  When you are legally allowed to enter your tenant’s apartment

9.  How to properly draft an eviction summons and complaint

10.  What to do to keep the commissioner from dismissing your eviction suit

11.  What you can legally deduct from a security deposit

12.  How to properly draft a security deposit transmittal / 21 day letter

13.  How to handle pet damage

14.  What to do with a tenant’s abandoned property and how this may affect whether or not you file an eviction suit

15.  How to pursue your ex-tenant for damages to your rental property and past due rent (and whether it is even worth it to do so)

There will also be an ample question and answer period.  This alone is worth the admission.. . .  and much more.

Last year’s AASEW Landlord Boot Camp was filled to capacity.  So much so we even had to turn a few people away.  So call early to reserve your spot.

Call the Association at (414) 276-7378 or email us at membership@apartmentassoc.org  or sign up online at www.LandlordBootCamp2015.com today to reserve your spot.

Remember that “landlording” is a business — so take the time to educate yourself on how to better manage your business and avoid costly errors!

 

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

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 WI’s notice requirements for lease violations.  The tenant advocates did a good job in selecting a sympathetic case to proceed on.

As most of you know*, in WI you must give a tenant under a lease for a term a five day notice with right to cure for the first lease violation within the term of that lease.  This is fine if perhaps they are a bit noisy one time.  However it fails when there is a criminal act.  Justice Gableman asked the Legal Action attorney to explain how 1st Degree murder be cured as long as the tenant doesn’t do it again.

A link to the oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court is at:

http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/EventDetail.aspx?evhdid=9392

WI’s laws on lease violations are generally goofy.  You have to give a tenant the right to cure for lease violations including criminal acts under a lease for a term, but you are not permitted to use a 5 Day Breach with right to cure for a month to month tenant even for minor lease violations.  So when your month to month tenant has the radio too loud you have to either ignore it or give them a 14 Day without a right to cure.

One of our Association’s legislative initiatives for 2015 is to change the law to permit a 5 Day with right to cure for month to month tenants as well as allowing for a notice with no right to cure for criminal acts regardless of the length of the rental agreement.

Tim Ballering

Landlord Boot Camp Is Just Around The Corner – October 4, 2014.

The AASEW’s ever popular Landlord Boot Camp is just around the corner.  It will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Clarion Hotel located near the airport.

At this Fall’s Boot Camp I will be updating everyone on how the courts have been handling and interpreting all of the law changes since Act 76 was passed back in March of this year.

I will also address numerous other of topics that will help you navigate Wisconsin’s complex landlord - tenant laws.  Learn how to run your properties with greater profit while staying out of trouble.  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.

 

Some of the other topics that will be covered include:

1) How to properly screen prospective tenants

2) How to draft written screening criteria to assist you in the tenant selection process

3) How to comply with both federal and state Fair Housing laws including how to comply with “reasonable modifications” and “reasonable accommodations” requests

4) How to legally reject an applicant

5) What rental documents you should be using and why

6) When you should be using a 5-day notice versus a 14-day notice, 28-day notice, or 30-day notice and how to properly serve the notice on your tenant

7) Everything you wanted to know (and probably even more than you wanted to know) about the Residential Rental Practices (ATCP 134) and how to avoid having to pay double damages to your

tenant for breaching ATCP 134

8) When you are legally allowed to enter your tenant’s apartment

9) How to properly draft an eviction summons and complaint

10) What to do to keep the commissioner or judge from dismissing your eviction lawsuit

11) What you can legally deduct from a security deposit

12) How to properly draft a security deposit transmittal  (“21 day”) letter

13) How to handle pet damage

14) What to do with a tenant’s abandoned property and how this may affect whether or not you file an eviction suit

15) How to pursue your ex-tenant for damages to your rental property and past due rent (and whether it is even worth it to do so)

There will also be time for “Q&A” and Lunch is included!

If that is not enough you will also receive a manual that is over 100 pages that includes all of Tristan’s outlines on the various topics and various forms.

 

Who:         Taught by Attorney Tristan Pettit, who drafts the landlord tenant forms for Wisconsin Legal Blank.

When:       Saturday, October 4, 2014  from8:30 AM – 5:30 PM —- Registration opens at 7:00 AM

Where:     Clarion Hotel 5311 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee [Map]

Price:        AASEW Members only $159 .  Non AASEW Members  – $249

Register:    Go to www.LandlordBootCamp2014.com and you can register online and read prior attendees testimonials.

 

Last year’s AASEW Landlord Boot Camp was filled to capacity.  So much so we even had to turn a few people away.  So register early to reserve your spot

I hope to see everyone there.

T

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AASEW MEETING: “Companion Animals – When A Landlord Must Accept Them” on August 18, 2014

I will be speaking at the AASEW’s monthly meeting on the issue of companion/comfort animals and when a landlord must accept them in their rental properties.

Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common complaint filed with HUD over the past few years.  While the definition of a “service animal” under the ADA is very limited and requires that the animal be specifically trained (and excludes emotional support animals) that is not the case with the Fair Housing Act or Wisconsin’s Open Housing Law.  A tenant has the right to request a “reasonable accommodation” to a landlord’s “no pet” or “limited pet” policy and a landlord may be legally required to allow them to have a comfort/companion animal to accommodate their disability.

I have seen a surge in tenant’s requesting such accommodations as evidenced by a increase in angry telephone calls from clients upset about this issue.

Attend the AASEW’s next meeting on August 18, 2014 at 7 pm at the Best Western Hotel located at 1005 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield, and learn about this important and timely topic.

The cost is free to AASEW members and $25 for non-members of expired members.

Hope to see many of you there.

T

 

 

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Only 7 Days Left To Sign Up For Landlord Boot Camp on March 8th

There are just 7 days left to register for Landlord Boot Camp!!!

Come learn about Wisconsin’s new Landlord Tenant law – Act 76 – plus everything else you need to know about Landlord-Tenant law in Wisconsin.

The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin’s 9th “Landlord Boot Camp” can help you navigate these treacherous waters and learn how to run your properties with greater profit and less hassles.

Who:           Taught by Attorney Tristan Pettit, who drafts the landlord tenant forms for Wisconsin Legal Blank

When:        March 8th, 2014 Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Registration opens at 7:00 AM

Where:      Clarion Hotel 5311 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee [Map]

Included: 100 plus page manual to help you put what you learn into practice.

Price:       Members           $159.        Non-Members   $249

You will also receive lunch.

Specials: Not a member?  Pay just $1 more than the non-member price and receive both the Boot Camp and an AASEW membership for the remainder of 2014 including member discounts at Home Depot, Sherwin Williams and more.

Wisconsin landlord-tenant laws are constantly changing and with Act 76 becoming effect on March 1st — the law has had some significant changes.

What you will learn at the Apartment Association’s 2014 Landlord Boot Camp:

Landlord Boot Camp covers everything that you need to know about residential Landlord Tenant law in Wisconsin, as amended in March 2012 by Act 143 and again in March 2013 with the passage of Act 76, including:

  1. How to properly screen prospective tenants.
  2. How to draft written screening criteria to assist you in the selection process.
  3. How to comply with both federal and state Fair Housing laws including how to comply with “reasonable modifications”  and “reasonable accommodations” requests.
  4. How to legally reject an applicant.
  5. What rental documents you should be using and why.
  6. When you should be using a 5-day notice versus a 14-day notice, 28-day notice, or 30-day notice and how to properly serve the notice on your tenant.
  7. Everything you wanted to know (and probably even more than you wanted to know) about the Residential Rental Practices (ATCP 134) and how to avoid having to pay double damages to your tenant for breaching ATCP 134.
  8. When you are legally allowed to enter your tenant’s apartment.
  9. How to properly draft an eviction summons and complaint.
  10. What to do to keep the commissioner or judge from dismissing your eviction suit.
  11. What you can legally deduct from a security deposit.
  12. How to properly draft a security deposit transmittal (“21 Day”) letter
  13. How to handle pet damage.
  14. What to do with a tenant’s abandoned property and how this may affect whether or not you file an eviction suit.
  15. How to pursue your ex-tenant for damages to your rental property and past due rent (and whether it is even worth it to do so).
  16.  Who can appear in court to handle an eviction as of March 1st.
  17.  What language you must have in your rental agreement starting March 1st or risk a court declaring it void and unenforceable.

Last year’s AASEW Landlord Boot Camp was filled to capacity.  So call early to reserve your spot.

The easiest way to register is to do so online at www.LandlordBootCamp2014.com or you can call the Association at (414) 276-7378 or email them membership@apartmentassoc.org today to reserve your spot.

 

Hope to see many of you there.

T

 

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

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, February 17, 2014 at 7 pm at the Best Western in Brookfield.

Atty. Heiner Giese and myself, both of whom were actively involved in the drafting of this new law, will be presenting the new law in its entirely at this meeting.  I will be handling out my outline/summary of the new law as well and Heiner will be handing out copies of the new language that MUST be included in all residential real rental agreements as of March 1, 2014.

In my opinion, this will be the single most important AASEW meeting of the year.  So you will not want to miss it.

Attendence at the meeting is free for current AASEW members or $25 per person for non-members (if you join the AASEW at the meeting the $25 fee will be credited to your membership).  If you would like to join the AASEW ahead of time so that you can more quickly find a seat for the meeting you should call Betzi at 414-276-7378 prior to the meeting.

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

T

 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: AASEW’s Next Landlord Boot Camp – Saturday, March 8, 2014

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 9th “Landlord Boot Camp” can help you navigate these treacherous waters and learn how to run your properties with greater profit and less hassles.

Who:           Taught by Attorney Tristan Pettit, who drafts the landlord tenant forms for Wisconsin Legal Blank

When:        March 8th, 2014 Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Registration opens at 7:00 AM

Where:      Clarion Hotel 5311 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee [Map]

Included: 100 plus page manual to help you put what you learn into practice.

Price:       Members           $159.        Non-Members   $249

Specials: Not a member?  Pay just $1 more than the non member price and receive both the Boot Camp and an AASEW membership for the remainer of 2014 including member discounts at Home Depot, Sherwin Williams and more.

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Wisconsin landlord-tenant laws are constantly changing.  To help keep you up to date we offer prior attendees a $50 discount.

What you will learn at the Apartment Association’s 2014 Landlord Boot Camp

Landlord Boot Camp covers everything that you need to know about residential Landlord Tenant law in Wisconsin, as amended in March 2012 by Act 143 and again in March 2013 with the passage of Act 76, including:

  1. How to properly screen prospective tenants.
  2. How to draft written screening criteria to assist you in the selection process.
  3. How to comply with both federal and state Fair Housing laws including how to comply with “reasonable modifications”  and “reasonable accommodations” requests.
  4. How to legally reject an applicant.
  5. What rental documents you should be using and why.
  6. When you should be using a 5-day notice versus a 14-day notice, 28-day notice, or 30-day notice and how to properly serve the notice on your tenant.
  7. Everything you wanted to know (and probably even more than you wanted to know) about the Residential Rental Practices (ATCP 134) and how to avoid having to pay double damages to your tenant for breaching ATCP 134.
  8. When you are legally allowed to enter your tenant’s apartment.
  9. How to properly draft an eviction summons and complaint.
  10. What to do to keep the commissioner from dismissing your eviction suit.
  11. What you can legally deduct from a security deposit.
  12. How to properly draft a security deposit transmittal (“21 Day”) letter
  13. How to handle pet damage.
  14. What to do with a tenant’s abandoned property and how this may affect whether or not you file an eviction suit.
  15. How to pursue your ex-tenant for damages to your rental property and past due rent (and whether it is even worth it to do so).
  16. An ample question and answer period.  This alone is worth the admission. . . .  and much more.

You get all this for less than you would pay for an hour of an attorney’s time.

Last year’s AASEW Landlord Boot Camp was filled to capacity.  So call early to reserve your spot.

The easiest way to register is to do so online at www.LandlordBootCamp2014.com or you can call the Association at (414) 276-7378 or email them membership@apartmentassoc.org today to reserve your spot.

Hope to see many of you there.

T

 

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