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It is very important that landlords that are using the landlord-tenant law rental documents/forms that I draft, and which are sold through Wisconsin Legal Blank (WLB), ensure that they are using the most current forms.  To aid you in determining if you are using the most current version, WLB just published the document below on their website, so that you know have one place to go to determine if your rental documents are up to date. 
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Continue Reading It Is Very Important That Landlords Ensure That They Are Using the Most Current Version of WLB's Landlord Tenant Rental Forms.

Breaking News from the Rental Property Association of Wisconsin’s website and Blog:

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on CCAP eviction records
04/16/2024 11:30 AM
The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Legal Action’s bid to make eviction judgments disappear in one year instead of the statutory 10-year retention period.
The industry and good renters owe a large thank you to Attorney Heiner Giese, Rick Van Der Leest of the Green Bay and Appleton Associations, and Chris Mokler of the Wisconsin Apartment Association
Continue Reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on CCAP Eviction Records

Spring 2024 Landlord Boot Camp for Rental Property Association of Wisconsin (RPA)

  • When:   April 13, 2024
  • 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Location – SONESTA HOTEL WEST (10499 W. Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa WI 53226)

Registration

  • Non-Member (Early Bird) – $399.00  (Includes 1 Year General Membership to the Rental Property Assoc. of Wisconsin)
  • RPA Member (Early Bird) – $249.00
  • RPA Member Refresher (Early Bird) – $199.00Available to members who attended an RPA Landlord Boot Camp within the past 2 years

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Continue Reading Spring Landlord Boot Camp Will Be Held on Saturday, April 13th

Hi Everyone – I hope that you are all well on this rainy Friday afternoon.  I just wanted to alert those of you that use the Landlord-Tenant forms that I draft for Wisconsin Legal Blank, that I recently re-wrote the Nonstandard Rental Provisions (NSRP) form for clarity and legal conformity.  I recommend that you update your NSRP form accordingly to better protect yourself and your rental property.
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Continue Reading Updated Nonstandard Rental Provisions form Now Available at Wisconsin Legal Blank

I apologize for getting on my soapbox here, but most of you are either landlords or spend more than 40 hours a week representing landlords or working with them. If you don’t fall into one of the above categories, you probably will not want to read this blog post.

I recommend that you read this recent article about Matt Desmond, the author of Evicted and now the author of Poverty. It is called “Princeton’s Matthew Desmond Gets Everything Wrong
Continue Reading Matt Desmond, Author of "Evicted" Has Some Detractors, Including Myself

My next Landlord Boot Camp for the Rental Property Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (formerly known as the AASEW) will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024. This Boot Camp will be an in-person event.  There will not be a virtual option.  
There have been so many changes in how evictions and other Landlord-Tenant law matters are handled post COVID that I strongly recommend that you attend this Boot Camp to get caught up on all the changes, even
Continue Reading The Next LANDLORD BOOT CAMP Seminar Will Be Held on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Earlier today a client emailed me and asked whether or not his property management company could charge a rental applicant an application fee, over and above the cost of a consumer credit report, to cover the company’s time and energy reviewing and vetting the rental applicant.
Based on my review of Wisconsin law, a landlord may charge an application fee but it must be refundable.  So while a landlord can charge an application fee, its probably not the kind
Continue Reading Can A Landlord Charge an Application Fee To A Prospective Tenant In Wisconsin?

Below is a summary of the many Landlord-Tenant law bills that were drafted in late 2023 and are hoping to move forward in 2024.  You will note that many of these bills are trying to undue the many laws that were passed between 2012-2018 (i.e., Act 143, Act 76, Act 176, and Act 317).  Whether or not these bills have any real possibility to become law now, it is clear that there has been a lot of work behind
Continue Reading A Summary of Landlord-Tenant Bills That Some In Madison Are Hoping to Get Passed in 2024

A tenant’s filing of a bankruptcy, whether it is a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13, stops your eviction cold under most circumstances!

Evictions are typically matters handled exclusively through the state court system, in whichever county the property is located. Every now and then, though, we have to make a trip to federal court to assist a landlord. This most frequently arises when a tenant files for bankruptcy protection.

Bankruptcy is authorized by the United States Constitution and
Continue Reading How Does A Tenant’s Bankruptcy Interfere with Your Eviction?

Identity theft or fraud for the purposes of renting an apartment is growing issue. We have heard there are social media pages dedicated to selling fraudulent identities to individuals specifically to rent apartments as well as sites that will produce fake paystubs, bank account information, credit reports and checks or money orders, along with the more traditional methods such as friends and family members posing as a current employer or former landlord to give a good reference.

With all
Continue Reading I Think I Discovered a Fraudulent Tenant, What Can I do?

There are only a few days left to sign up for Landlord Boot Camp which will take place this Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 am – 6 pm
I will be covering everything that you need to know about residential landlord-tenant law in Wisconsin.  We will be covering the all important basics like:

  • Screening and Qualifying the Prospective Applicant and Fair Housing Issues
  • Rental Documents
  • ATCP 134: Residential Rental Practice Rules and Security Deposits
  • Causes for Evictions
  • Notices Terminating


Continue Reading Just A Few Days Left to Sign Up for Landlord Boot Camp this Saturday

Yesterday was a busy day for those legislators that are not fans of landlords or what we do as a profession.  As if the rampant sealing of eviction records that is prevalent in Milwaukee County was not bad enough (so that future landlords will not be aware that an applicant had a recent eviction), below is a list of proposed legislation from Madison that is being passed around by the authors trying to get co-sponsors.

If this isn’t a
Continue Reading Proposed Anti-Landlord Legislation Being Shopped Around Seeking Co-Sponsors

The Wisconsin Supreme Court held an open administrative conference on October 9, 2023, to consider a petition (No. 22-03) filed by Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) concerning the retention of court records in eviction cases. Evictions are heard in small claims courts throughout the state. LAW’s petition asked the court to shorten court record retention rules so that cases where no money judgment was entered against a tenant would be deleted from the state CCAP filing system after one
Continue Reading FAQ Regarding The Recent Decision on the Sealing of Eviction Records by the Wisconsin Supreme Court

My next Landlord Boot Camp for the Rental Property Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (formerly known as the AASEW) will be held on Saturday November 4, 2023. This Boot Camp will be in-person and streamed virtually. You choose the format that best serves you.
There have been so many changes in how evictions and other Landlord-Tenant law matters are handled post COVID that I strongly recommend that you attend this Boot Camp to get caught up on all the changes. 
Continue Reading Next LANDLORD BOOT CAMP will be November 4, 2023

State of Wisconsin sent this bulletin at 06/22/2023 09:46 AM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2023Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Package of Affordable Housing Legislation MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed five bipartisan bills to help expand access to safe, affordable housing for working families, a critical effort to help support the state’s workforce and maintain the state’s economic momentum. “Access to safe, reliable, and affordable housing statewide is an absolutely critical part of addressing Wisconsin’s
Continue Reading Governor Evers Signs Bipartisan Package of Affordable Housing Legislation