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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 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 a landlord's rental unit (without a ...

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City of West Allis Passes Landlord Licensing Ordinance

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

The City of West Allis recently passed a new ordinance that requires all property owners to register their rental properties with the City.The new law is contained in 3 separate ordinances.   The first ordinances was passed back in August 6, 2010, followed by a repeal and revision to the original ordinance on September 24, 2010, followed by an ordinance creating a sub-section of the ordinance on October 7, 2010.You can read all 3 ...

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DNS Has Started To Implement The New Residential Rental Certificate Program

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

As many of you know the City of Milwaukee's new Residential Rental Certificate Program ordinance went into effect January 1, 2010. It is my understanding that the letter notices, along with a date for the inspection of your rental unit/s, the application, were all mailed out to affected landlords during the week of Dec. 28th -- so those of you in the two designated areas should have received your mailing by now - Merry Christmas.In anticipation ...

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Landlords Sue City of Milwaukee To Stop Residential Rental Certificate Ordinance

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

On December 29, 2009, three landlords filed a lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee in an attempt to stop the new Residential Rental Certificate Ordinance that was recently passed. The lawsuit includes a complaint, motion for temporary injunction, ex parte motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) and supporting affidavits.  Essentially, the plaintiffs are arguing that the ordinance as written is (1) unconstitutionally vague, (2) contains fatal defects, ...

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Mayor Signs Milwaukee's Residential Rental Certificate Program Ordinance

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

About 1 hour before the close of business yesterday, December 10, 2009, Mayor Tom Barrett signed the city of Milwaukee's Residential Rental Certificate Program ordinance into law.  Mayor Barrett left everyone waiting and wondering if he would sign it as the deadline to do so was the close of business yesterday.The ordinance can be read in its entirety here.The Preinspection Checklist can be found here.  The checklist gives a ...

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AASEW Continues To Fight Against The City of Milwaukee's Residential Rental Certificate Program

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

The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. (AASEW) continues its attempt to defeat the recently passed ordinance creating a Residential Rental Certificate Program in two areas of the city.  On December 7, 2009, the AASEW issued a Press Release urging the mayor to veto the legislation in order to avoid expensive litigation. Additonally, President of the AASEW Tristan Pettit wrote a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett pointing out ...

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MILWAUKEE'S RESIDENTIAL RENTAL CERTIFICATE ORDINANCE PASSES

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

Earlier today by a vote of 9-5 the city of Milwaukee's Residential Rental Certificate Program ordinance was passed by the Common Council. Voting in favor of the new ordinance were Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton (1st district), Nic Kovac (3rd district), Robert Bauman (4th district), Milele Coggs (6th district), Willie Wade (7th district), Robert Puente (9th district), Michael Murphy (10th district), Terry Witkowski (13 district), and Willie Hines, Jr. (15th district). Voting against ...

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CITY OF MILWAUKEE'S REVISED RENTAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ORDINANCE RELEASED

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

As I mentioned in a prior post, the City of Milwaukee's Common Council agreed to hold off on voting on the city's proposed mandatory rental inspection ordinance (Residential Rental Certificate Program) for 1 month.  The reason for the postponement was to allow the drafters of the proposed ordinance time to go back and make some revisions and clarifications.The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.  (AASEW) retained the services of ...

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MILWAUKEE'S RESIDENTIAL RENTAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM VOTE PUSHED BACK 1 CYCLE

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

The Common Council did not vote on the passing of the city's proposed Residential Rental Certificate Program earlier today as was planned.  Instead the Comon Council voted 9-5 to hold the proposed ordinance for 1 cycle (1 month) for further review. The proposed ordinance, which would require all rental property owners in the UWM-area and Lindsay Heights neighborhood on the north side of Milwaukee to pay an $85 fee per unit fee ...

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Hearing On Milwaukee's Residential Rental Certificate Program to be Held on October 27th at 10 am

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

A hearing on Milwaukee's proposed Residential Rental Certificate Program will be held before the Zoning and Development Committee on October 27, 2009 at 10 AM in room 301 of Milwaukee's CIty Hall.It is at this hearing that people may speak in favor or against the proposed ordinance.  The ZND committee will then decide whether or not the proposed ordinance should be referred to the common council for a vote by the ...

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