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  • Thursday, May 02, 2024 10:13 PM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    Attention Members:

    A special thank you to Matt Norem, former Board Member and valued Business Partner.

    Matt brought to our attention that it was not always easy to know if the form from Wisconsin Legal Blank (WLB) that you had on hand, was the most recent/current form.

    We reached out to Attorney Tristen Pettit, who authors all of these forms and Rick Russell, owner of WLB to see what could be done to help our members with this.

    Rick Russell, stepped up to create what we will call a Master List of the forms and their effective date, on their website.  You will find it along the left side of their home page, called "Current Rental Forms List/Dates".

    You can find it here by clicking on this link...

    Current Rental Forms/List

    Making sure we are all using the most current forms, benefits both our Residents and our Owners and Managers of rental properties.

    Everyone should also take this opportunity to sign up to receive WLB's email updates, as that will also let you know of form changes, among other new products, etc.  Look for the "Join Our Mailing List" area and sign up!!

    Thank you again Matt for bringing this to our attention, and thank you Rick for helping us provide our members with tools to help them stay current with their forms!! 

    Also, members do not forget when ordering forms directly through Wisconsin Legal Blank, you can use the Discount Code that has previously been emailed out to you.  Yet another "Membership Benefit" and our way to say we are grateful and value your membership.

    We appreciate all of you, and hope to see you at our next members meeting,

    Rick Van Der Leest

    Apartment Association of Northeast Wisconsin | President

  • Sunday, April 14, 2024 12:44 PM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    Uncover the truth behind the rising wave of home foreclosures and commercial delinquencies in 2024. Click below to read this article revealing crucial insights and potential opportunities in the real estate market:

    Foreclosures Are Rising Quickly, and CRE Delinquencies Are Exploding—What’s Going On?

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 9:37 PM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    Click on the link below to read the full HUD Press Release Regarding ...

    Biden-Harris Administration Announces $173 Million to Make Homes More Energy Efficient and Climate Resilient for Low-Income Americans as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

    HUD Press Release

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2024 4:30 PM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    Good Evening --

    During our February meeting, this topic was discussed extensively when presented by Genaro Hjortness, our guest speaker regarding Taxes and tax law changes to be aware of.

    Here are two articles that are a quick read to keep apprised of the latest status of this topic...

    Plaintiffs: FinCEN Should Pause All CTA Enforcement

    Federal Court Holds Corporate Transparency Act Unconstitutional

    We were not real crazy about what appeared to be a "back door" way of creating "Lists"... be it of Rental Property Owners or Property Managers as well as many other businesses owners and their stakeholders.

    It would appear the Supreme Court will remain in the Spotlight for the foreseeable future.

  • Friday, December 29, 2023 10:30 PM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    HUD Proposed Rule - 30-Day Notification Requirement Prior to Termination of Lease for Nonpayment of Rent HUD Proposed Rule regarding a 30-day...

    This proposal came out on December 1st by HUD.  While the attachment has a lot of verbiage in it, focus your attention to the far right of page 1, under the Heading "DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT".

    All should read from that point forward.  Yes there is a lot to read, but remember this is "your business", which is coming under attack from all levels of government.  This one just happens to be at the Federal level.

    Those of you who attended the Landlord Bootcamp Training Event earlier this month, will recall the the CARES Act is already causing a great deal of confusion over what is considered "proper notice" and the definition of what is a "covered property" seems to be ever evolving.

    While the status of just how long the CARES Act and it's related requirements for those who accepted housing assistance is getting more traction and dialog, there are similar proposals like the one you will read about here from HUD that have been brought forth by the State through the Tenant Protection Package Bills that came out on October 18th, and continue to roll out as we speak.

    Grass Roots Advocacy, combined with a State level legislative team effort has to be one of your "Priority 1's" in laying out your 2024 Business Plan.  We have been talking about this now in our monthly member meetings for the past few months, and we will continue to have this discussion for the months to come.

    No one will fight for the freedom and rights you have as a Business Owner better than "you".  We can layout a roadmap and a plan moving forward, but in the end we all need to have some level of involvement and engagement in this work.

    Click on this link to read the article coming at us from the Federal level:

    HUD Proposed Rule - 30-Day Notification Requirement Prior to Termination of Lease for Nonpayment of Rent

    Rick Van Der Leest

  • Friday, December 22, 2023 9:08 AM | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    Some of you who were involved in our discussions in front of the Green Bay Common Council may recall that one of several points made was the fact that we "all" need to work at the front end of the Housing Issues and Challenges, rather than work in isolation in coming up with proposed solutions where various Stakeholders are left out of the discussions. 

    This was one of the many points made to the Wis Supreme Court over the issue of Eviction Records Visibility in CCAP.

    Below is yet another example of why working in isolation ends up generating poor solutions and also sets the tone for various parties getting frustrated and uncooperative when they are then confronted with a proposed solution they were not a part of.

    Now in this particular case, there was an intent originally to work "across the isle" so to speak, but that appears to have backfired, which is why everyone separated and went back to their corners of the "ring" to come out swinging again...on their own.

    Sadly, while we all fall victim to this inefficient and ineffective method of problem solving, the true "Victims" are our customers, who are our tenants, and those who are finding it difficult to find housing in the marketplace for a variety of reasons.

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

    As an alternative to the madness of housing court, a landlord group pitched a mediation program on Monday and called for tenant advocates to support it, rather than consult with them in advance.

    That was no accident.

    The Community Housing Improvement Program felt burned the last time it shared an idea with the Legal Aid Society of New York City and Housing Justice For All.

    “We had conversations that we thought were going well,” CHIP’s Jay Martin said. But when state legislators introduced the resulting bill, which aimed to increase rents of dilapidated vacant apartments enough to fund repairs, tenant groups falsely claimed it would remove 500,000 units from rent regulation and put New Yorkers on the street.

    Link to the full article:

    Landlord group pitched a mediation program on Monday and called for tenant advocates to support it...

    Rick Van Der Leest

  • 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 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 | AANW Admin (Administrator)


    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 | AANW Admin (Administrator)

    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...

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