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  • Friday, October 20, 2023 12:00 PM | Rick Van Der Leest (Administrator)

    Attention All Rental Property Owners, Property Managers and Real Estate Investors:

    On Wednesday, Oct 18th, 2023, a series of proposed legislative bills were announced in Madison.  These bills are being positioned as a "Tenant Protection Package".  

    While it certainly appears that these legislators are not necessarily fans of rental property owners, property managers and real estate investors alike, I would point out that the people they are representing are our Tenants.

    Those of us who are involved in rental property ownership and management would, I hope, recognize that the only way Landlords can achieve long-term, sustainable success is if their Tenants are also successful.  After all, our Tenants are our customers/clients, and we need to understand that while we can have differences of opinion, the framework of discussions moving forward needs to center around why pieces of legislation such as these being proposed below, will be detrimental to the very group of people that the legislators hope they will help.  All of this will make it harder for Tenants to find quality, safe, sustainable housing. 

    While I have no doubt that those involved in creating these pieces of proposed legislation genuinely have good intentions, the end result, if these come to fruition is that if we think we have an affordable housing crisis at the moment, it will come in spades if legislation such as this moves forward.

    We have recently seen a movement to reduce the retention of Eviction Records, which brought me before the Wis Supreme Court twice now.  I can tell you from first-hand experience that we all need to do a better job of explaining why some of these well intentioned housing solutions will have severe unintended consequences and collateral damage to our Tenants, not to mention the harm it will cause to the rental property industry overall.

    We all need to get ENGAGED NOW and reach out to our local and state representatives to explain why these are bad policies. Not simply because Landlords and the industry will suffer from this, but equally important... what this will do to the very Tenants they hoped this would help.  Again, I encourage you to contact both your local and state representatives about what is being proposed below.  Please do it today, tomorrow, or at the very least this week.

    Grass Roots Advocacy by its very definition starts at the local level, and establishes the foundation that is necessary to make our State and Federal level legislative/lobbying efforts more efficient and effective.  In the coming weeks and months, we will be discussing more about what is meant by this as we lay out a vision for how we can take the body of work that has been done in the past, and make it even more sustainable, efficient, and effective.

    Finally, I hope this sort of activity encourages you to become a member (if you are not already) of the Apartment Association of Northeast Wisconsin, as well as attend our upcoming Landlord Boot Camp Event on November 11th.  Signing up to become a member, as well as attending the boot camp is very easy on our new website:

    Click on this link to sign up to become a member:

    Join AANW Here

    Click on this link to sign up for the Upcoming Landlord Bootcamp Nov 11th

    Sign Up for the Landlord Boot Camp

    Please see below these proposed legislative bills that are seeking co-sponsors and overall support from the very legislative representatives we can and should all be reaching out to.  Clicking on each Bold Text area will take you to the Bill details.

    Rick Van Der Leest

    AANW Vice President & Treasurer

    LRB-3892 Memo CCAP Information (Clancy, Ryan) Information contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Programs Internet site related to dismissed eviction actions. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3893 Memo Rent Abatement (Madison, Darrin) Rent abatement and retaliatory conduct and granting rule-making authority. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-4677 Memo Rental Inspections (Madison, Darrin) Local inspections of rental properties. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-4544 Memo Eviction Moratoriums (Madison, Darrin) Repealing the prohibition against local governments enacting or enforcing an eviction moratorium on a landlord. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-2077 Memo Tenant Right to Counsel (Clancy, Ryan) A residential tenant's right to counsel in an eviction action and making an appropriation. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3918 Memo Housing Discrimination (Ratcliff, Melissa) Discrimination in housing based on prior eviction and providing a penalty. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-0431 Memo Legal Services Grants (Anderson, Jimmy) Grants to provide legal services to tenants in eviction actions, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, Noon

    LRB-2760 Memo Tenant Organizing Rights (Anderson, Jimmy) Rights of tenants to organize and engage in certain activities and providing a penalty. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, Noon

    LRB-0427 Memo Housing Discrimination (Anderson, Jimmy) Discrimination in housing based on citizenship or immigration status. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-0430 Memo Rent Abatement (Anderson, Jimmy) Rent abatement for tenants and granting rule-making authority. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3894 Memo Tenant Property Disposition (Clancy, Ryan) Disposition of property left behind by a tenant and granting rule-making authority. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3895 Memo Tenant Evictions (Clancy, Ryan) Evicting tenants for failure to pay rent. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3896 Memo Evictions (Clancy, Ryan) Actions for relief from extrajudicial eviction in small claims court. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3899 Memo Evictions (Clancy, Ryan) The defense of waiver in eviction actions. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3898 Memo Evictions (Clancy, Ryan) Procedures in eviction actions for noncompliance with stipulated judgments of dismissal. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3901 Memo Eviction Stay (Clancy, Ryan) The mandatory stay of eviction proceedings against a tenant who has applied for emergency assistance. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3902 Memo Eviction Notices (Jacobson, Jenna) Eviction notices. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-4143 Memo Rental Assistance (Hong, Francesca) Requiring landlords or tenants to apply for emergency rental assistance and participate in mediation prior to eviction and prohibiting certain rent increases. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm

    LRB-3889 Memo Residential Leases (Palmeri, Lori) Certain requirements for residential leases. Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 5 pm


  • Saturday, September 23, 2023 10:30 PM | Anonymous


    We received the notification below regarding a free Fair Housing Training Seminar:

    The Fair Housing Center of Northeast Wisconsin is offering a FREE in-person fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental property in Green Bay:

    Thursday, October 26, 2023 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Brown County Central Library – 515 Pine St, Combined Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Green Bay

    To register for this free online seminar, visit https://tinyurl.com/FHGreenBay or call 414-278-1240.

    The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws, as well as reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities.

    If you need materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access our services, please call 414-278-1240.

    This material presented during this seminar is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Recording of the seminars is not permitted.

  • Sunday, August 27, 2023 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    Our nation has never been more focused on the issue of housing as it is today.

    In my 30-year career advocating for affordable housing, this is the moment we have all been waiting for: Politicians, policymakers and the public are finally focused on the critical question of how we, as a nation, best meet the basic human need of providing shelter for our citizens. Housing is critical to the economic and social well-being of our country, but we are in danger of losing this opportunity to political pandering and partisan politics.

    Click on the link below for the entire story...

    National Rent Control Will Make the Housing Crisis Worse - Here's Why...

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    If your rents are below market, you may want to make a plan to get them closer to market rent, as most of these initiatives have a starting point of freezing rents where they are at, at the time of the enactment, regardless of where they may be relative to markets rents...

    Click on the link below for this article.

    Waters, House Democrats Press for Rent Hike Limits at Fannie, Freddie Properties

  • Thursday, August 17, 2023 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Real Estate Program to Add New Graduate Track in Affordable Housing and Sustainable Development.  

    Please click on the link below to read the full article...

    Wisconsin Real Estate Program To Add New Graduate Track in Affordable Housing and Sustainable Development

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    "Renters Rights" Legislation is About Optics, Not Solutions...

    State government could help renters by making it easier for developers to create new units and by refraining from imposing new laws that raise costs. When a soaring cost of doing business and the headaches of consistently losing income due to new laws become the norm, property owners will not be the only ones to suffer.

    What good are “renters rights” laws if the number of rental units shrinks?

    Click on the link below to read a refreshing article...

    Renters Rights Legislation is About Optics...Not Solutions

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 7th, 2023 regarding Legal Action's Petition to remove Eviction Records after one year, if no money judgement was involved.

    For more information on this petition, please click on the link below to read a related article...

    Legal aid lawyers want most eviction court records removed after one year


  • Friday, August 11, 2023 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Foreclosure Activity Dips in July While Lender Repossessions Continue to Climb

    According to the ATTOM Data’s July 2023 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, there were 31,877 U.S. properties with a foreclosure filings in July – down 9% from June but up 5% from one year ago. In addition, ATTOM says nationwide one in every 4,380 housing units had a foreclosure filing in July, 2023. States with the highest foreclosure rates were Maryland (one in every 2,071 housing units with a foreclosure filing); New Jersey (one in every 2,335 housing units); Delaware (one in every 2,343 housing units); Illinois (one in every 2,430 housing units); and South Carolina (one in every 2,511 housing units).

    “The slight decline in foreclosure filings we are seeing is yet another sign of a rebounding housing market…With home prices back up, several factors have combined to put more financial resources in the hands of homeowners, providing more options to avoid foreclosure. However, given with the U.S. housing market remains in flux, the various forces at play could keep the market improving or turn it back downward over the coming months.” Said Rob Barber, CEO of ATTOM.

    Lenders repossessed 3,332 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in July 2023, up 4% from last month and up 9% from last year. States that had the greatest number of REOs in July 2023, included: Illinois (355 REOs); Pennsylvania (230 REOs); California (217 REOs); Michigan (200 REOs); and Texas (200 REOs).

    Article by Brad Beckett, Director of Education & Outreach, Real Estate Investing Today, National Real Estate Investors Association (NREIA).

  • Monday, August 07, 2023 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    There are many things I am sure we don't agree with, in the research/analysis (link below), but that doesn't change the fact that more and more of this rhetoric fuels the fire.

    We are hearing more and more about this sentiment across many markets, from the local, state and federal levels.

    While it may be much to do about nothing, from a legal, can they do it point of view, our concern is how many landlords get taken back to the woodshed, spend time and money over frivolous muck started because of this sentiment, and "Win".  Only having to sell, close up shop...after winning. 

    'Renters Are Struggling': Economists Back Tenant-Led Push for Federal Rent Control


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