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

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 new streamlined abandoned property law to evictions

- Allows the towing of vehicles on private property without the need for a citation to be issued first

- Prevents municipalities from requiring landlords to distribute information or report information to the government that is not required by state or federal law

- Allows non-lawyers to appear in court to represent their LLC’s in eviction and other small claims actions

- It speeds up the eviction process – requiring the court to hear and complete an eviction trial within 20 days of the return date

- Allows property management companies or another agent of the owner to file evictions on behalf of their clients/owners

- Clears up the confusion regarding evicting a tenant that was involved in criminal activity

 

This bill has not yet been signed into law, but barring a veto from Governor Walker — which is not anticipated — it will become law very soon.  SB 179 will help landlords and good law-abiding tenants alike.

So the reason I am so excited about this Saturday’s Boot Camp is because it will be the 1st opportunity I have to teach landlords and property managers about the new changes.

SB 179 is a very comprehensive law.   I just completed my outline this past weekend and boy there is a lot of information to cover.

If you are interested in learning about this new bill as well as the 7 other large topics that I will be teaching (including: the judicial eviction process, causes for eviction, security deposit issues, screening applicants, rental documents and much much more) at this Fall’s Boot Camp — please go to www.landlordbootcamp2013.com and sign up as there are still a few spots left!

I hope to see many of you there.

T

 

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

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 pm at the Clarion Hotel located near the airport.  You will not want to miss this seminar.

Besides teching you about the new law, Attorney Tristan Pettit 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 26, 2013 from 8:30 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       Sorry, no registrations accepted after 5 PM on October 23rd, 2013

Register:    Go to www.LandlordBootCamp2013.com and you can register online and read prior attendees testimonials.

 

I hope to see everyone there.

T

 

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Don’t Miss The Landlording Event of The Year – AASEW Trade Show on Friday, September 27th

 

Hello Everyone — The event of the year — the AASEW’s Conference & Trade Show — will be held in a little more than 1 week.

You will not want to miss this great event at its new location at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

 

When: Friday, September 27, 2103 from 11 am – 4:30 pm (Doors open at 10 am)

Where: Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233

How Much? Free to all Landlords with pre-registration at www.apartmentassoc.org otherwise the cost will be $10 at the door.

 

Doors open at 10 to allow you time to meet with and learn about all of the great products and services of our vendors.

Complimentary food will be available throughout the day.

The first even will start at 11 am when we will be presenting an very special award to Wisconsin Senator Frank Lasee for all of his work and support in getting last year’s Act 143 (Landlord Omnibus Law) passes and advancing Senate Bill 179 which will (hopefully) soon be law later this fall.

The award presentation will be followed by various seminars throughout the day.  I will be presenting a seminar at 3:30 pm on “Legal Issues Pertaining to Bed Bugs and How Landlords Can Protect Themselves.”  The other seminars that will be offered are listed below.

  • 11:15  -  Social Media: Are you doing it right?
  • 11:15  -  Bed bugs in a multi-family environment
  • 12:30 -  I’m on Linked In, Now What?
  • 12:30 -  Making the Grade: Financing Your Investment Property
  • 1:30 -  Mold – Be Prepared, Not Afraid
  • 1:30 -  Working with Milwaukee’s Dept of Neighborhood Services
  • 2:30 -  Rental Collectsion into the 21st Century
  • 2:30 – Multi Family Energy Savings Program
  • 3:30 -  Milwaukee County Evictions
  • 3:30 – Legal Issues Pertaining to Bed Bugs and How Landlords Can Protect Themselves

Following the seminars we will be having several raffle prizes including giving away an iPad — you must be present to win.

 

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AASEW Meeting: Is Property Management An Art or A Science? – June 17, 2013 at 7 pm.

Join the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin on June 17th  as we have masters of the craft present on Best Practices in Property Management along with the legal ramifications of failing to follow the rules.  SE Wisconsin is clearly a pro tenant district so educate yourself to the possible landmines that await you along with what some are doing to avoid them.  It will be an educational night with many real world anecdotes — that I am sure you will be able to relate to – and practical real world advice you can apply to your business to protect your assets and increase your profits!

When: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Best Western, 1005 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield 53005

Who:  Attorney Tristan Pettit and Professional Property Manager Stacy Hegg

Cost:  Free for current AASEW members, $25 for guests and expired members.

About our speakers

Attorney Tristan Pettit, drafts many of the standardized landlord tenant forms for Wisconsin Legal Blank.  Tristan is in eviction court nearly every week representing many members of the Association and other landlords.  Tristan presents Landlord Boot Camp for the Association twice a year.  He also presents similar courses for attorneys across the state.

Tristan R. Pettit is a shareholder with the Milwaukee law firm of Petrie & Stocking S.C. which has been in existence for over 115 years assisting individuals, families and businesses throughout the state.  He focuses his practice in the area of general civil and business litigation with an emphasis on landlord-tenant law.

Mr. Pettit handles both commercial and residential evictions and the accompanying damages claims for his clients throughout the state. He has also been involved in litigation dealing with lead-based paint, bedbugs, Fair Housing (discrimination) claims, building code orders, public nuisance lawsuits, and both the prosecution and defense of Wisconsin Administrative Code – ATCP 134 violations.

He assists clients with the drafting and interpretation of commercial leases and residential rental agreements and other rental documents and is the author of the landlord-tenant legal forms sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc., which are used throughout the state.

Mr. Pettit presents seminars on landlord-tenant law and related matters throughout the state and is a past president of the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. and is currently serving on its Board of Directors. He also is the author of a popular Wisconsin landlord-tenant law blog that can be found at www.LandlordTenantLawBlog.com

Stacy Hegg is a professional property manager who has more than 20 years experience in multi-housing management in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Stacy’s career commenced as a Leasing Consultant at a large market rate community in Glendale while attending Cardinal Stritch College. Upon graduation Stacy became a full time Property Manager on a unique, Section 42 renovation on 24th and Wells. Her extensive and varied experience extends from Section 42 and Section 8 communities to luxury developments. She has managed multi-family portfolios for professional realty companies such as: Ogden, Bielinski, and Bryce Styza Properties. She managed Cedar Square Apartments on the Marquette University Campus for 2 years and currently manages for Wellston Apartments where she oversees a 400 unit portfolio near UW-Milwaukee.

 

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Top 10 Pitfalls That Landlords Should Avoid

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 John’s handout from the meeting which was entitled “Top Ten Pitfalls That Landlords Should Avoid.”

Like any good Top 10 list (a la David Letterman), John presented these pitfalls in reverse oreder based on importance.  The pitfalls to avoid included:

10.  Mailing the 5 Day Notice

9.  Digging The Hole Too Deep

8.  Incomplete Applications

7.  Not Asking The Right People (about your rental applicant)

6.  Auto-Renewing A Lease

5.  14 Day Notice (or NOT)

4.  “Do-It-Yourself” Leases or Rental Forms

3.  Misuse of CCAP

2.  Carpet Cleaning

1.  That Lease is HOW LONG?

As John stated during his presentation, there are a lot of things that are beyond our control that make life as a landlord very difficult at times.  As such, we certainly do not want to make life more difficult for ourselves based on a lack of knowledge of landlord-tenant laws . . . unless we are masochists, that is.

The AASEW has another great meeting scheduled for May 20, 2013 at 7 pm at the Best Western Midway in Brookfield about “How To Finance Real Estate Transactions In The Current Economy.”

 

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