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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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Free Bed Bug Seminar On July 10, 2014

Batzner Bed Bug Services, Inc. will be hosting their 4th Annual Bed Bug Seminar at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel at 375 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  The seminar will run from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

The seminar is FREE and includes lunch.

Topics will include basic bed bug information, bed bug history, bed bug monitoring, challenges, and trends and legal issues pertaining to bed bug.  The seminar will also include a panel discussion and a demonstration by Batzner’s bed bug scent detection canine team. 

A copy of the detailed brochure can be viewed by clicking here.

I will be presenting on the topic of “Legal Issues Pertaining to Bed Bugs and How Landlords Can Protect Themselves” and will be speaking at approximately 1:15 pm

Pre-registration is required. 

So far there are 100 attendees pre-registered.  This should be a great event and well worth the cost . . . . oh wait, there is no cost – it is FREE!

Hope to see many of you there.

T

 

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SEMINAR – Business Killers: Avoiding The 6 Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Business and Your Future

As I always mention at the outset of my seminars, landlording is a business.  Many landlords do not understand this and do not treat it as such resulting in many problems.  Most people would not dare to open a restaurant or a cell phone store or any other kind of business without putting together a business plan and learning about the laws and rules regarding their new business — yet new landlords do this all the time to their own detriment.

While this blog is primarily focused on landlord tenant law, occasionally I post about general business matters or mention a upcoming business seminar because such information is still applicable to landlords and management companies, as they are running a business.  Today is one such post.

Atty. Carina Garcia of my law firm, Petrie & Stocking S.C., will be providing a free seminar called “Business Killer: Avoiding the 6 Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Business and Your Future” on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8 am at the Milwaukee Athletic Club located at 758 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee.

There is no cost to attend this seminar and a light breakfast will be served.

If you are interested in learning some best practices about how to run your business and how not to squander all the wealth and time that you have put into your business — whether the business be landlording or something else – than you should attend this seminar.

Pre-registration is required.  You can pre-register by contacting Attorney Garcia directly at (414) 276-2850 or via email at cgarcia@petriestocking.com.  Pre-registration must be completed prior to June 9th.

 

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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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