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Act 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law - Part 6: Alternative Disposition of Property During Eviction

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, Abandoned Property, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Act 76, has amended sec. 799.45 Wis. Stats., and created new options for a landlord to dispose of a tenant's abandoned personal property after the writ has been executed by the Sheriff and the rental unit has been returned to the landlord's possession.Under the old law, if the rental property was located in a county with a population greater than 500,000 people, a landlord was required to hire a moving company ...

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Act 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord Tenant Law - Part 5: Domestic Violence Notice Langauge & More Prohibited Rental Agreement Provisions

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Rental Agreements, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Act 76 has made many changes to Landlord-Tenant law in Wisconsin, some of which I have explained in prior blog posts.  One of the biggest changes, which I have not yet blogged about, is the requirement that a landlord include language notifying tenants of certain domestic abuse protections in all rental agreements or addenda as of March 1, 2014.The required language is set forth in sec. 704.14, Wis. Stats. and must ...

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

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Legislation, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

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, ...

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ACT 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 3: Speeding Up the Eviction Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, City of Milwaukee, City of Madison, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

Several of the provisions of Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant law, Act 76 (SB 179), were created or amended to speed up the eviction process.  Evictions are supposed to be summary proceedings and per the Wisconsin Supreme Court (Scalzo v. Anderson, 87 Wis. 2d 834 (1979)) there are very limited number of issues permissible in an evictions action.  Nonetheless, tenants were finding ways to delay the process.  Hopefully Act 76 will resolve much of ...

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Governor Walker Signed 2013 Wisconsin Act 76 (SB 179) Into Law Today

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, State of Wisconsin, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

 2013 Wisconsin Act 76 (SB 179) was signed into law today, December 12, 2013, by Governor Scott Walker in his office at the Capital building.Many people attended the signing, including myself.  It was the first law signing that I have ever attended and was very intersting.  I was able to get a ...

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ACT 76 - Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law - Part 2: Restrictions on Local Ordinances

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, City of Milwaukee, Uncategorized, Residential Rental Inspection (RRI) Program / Mandatory Rental I, City of Madison, Act 76 (SB 179) / Comments

As I mentioned in Part 1, the soon to be new law contains new provisions as well as some corrective provisions (which will correct unintended consequences from last year's new law Act 143).  In this blog post I will talk about one of the new provisions of the law which will restrict a local municipality from creating and/or enforcing certain local ordinances.The new law will creates sec. 66.0104(2)(c) and (d), Wis. ...

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

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

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 ...

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East Side Landlord "Think Small" Seminar Event on March 13th

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Screening Tenants, Seminars, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law) / Comments

Make plans to attend the fourth East Side Landlord Think Small event hosted by UWM! This event is free and open to all interested landlords, with a special focus on Milwaukee's East Side.This spring's event promises to be very engaging with featured presenter Attorney Tristan Pettit, who focuses his practice on representing landlords and management companies in landlord-tenant law matters.Topics will include screening potential tenants and recent updates to landlord-tenant laws ...

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5th Annual Landlord Boot Camp Is Just Around the Corner - February 23, 2013 - Register now.

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

 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 Fifth “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 ...

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Joint Legislative Council Gives Clarification To Wisconsin's New Landlord's Omnibus Law

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in ATCP 134, AASEW, Legislation, Act 143 (Landlord's Omnibus Law) / Comments

You will recall from my earlier post that I had some concerns about the new Landlord's Omnibus Law (Act 134).  One of my main concerns was that it was unclear from the wording of Act 143 whether or not a violation of chapter 704 would give rise to a claim by a tenant that would entitle the tenant to double damages and attorney's fees if successful.The portion of ...

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