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Category: Landlord

Residential Landlords Beware: Criminal Liability for Security Deposit Retention

In May 2020, the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin released its decision in State v. Troy Lasecki, affirming that a landlord could face a misdemeanor conviction for failing to properly account for a security deposit or failure to return it without good reason. Before looking at what happened in this case, a brief discussion of […]

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Dane County Announces Phase One Begins May 26; Businesses Must Have Safety and Sanitation Policies in Place

Are you prepared for Phase One of Forward Dane?  This afternoon, Friday, May 22, 2020, Public Health Madison Dane County issued Emergency Order #3 which moves Dane County into Phase One of Forward Dane starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The text of today’s Order #3 can be found here. On May […]

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Landlord Law: Emotional Support Animals

On April 18, 2018, Governor Walker signed 2017 WI Act 317 which contains several provisions pertaining to the rights of landlords and tenants. In general, the changes are landlord-friendly. The breadth of the act is too large in scope for this blog article. But, check back with KEW Tips for more laws affecting landlords. This […]

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Can I reject a tenant based on criminal history?

  The law in Wisconsin (including Madison) currently does not prevent using criminal background to screen potential clients. However, federal law does prohibit using arrest records (open criminal cases are considered arrest records) as a basis for a denial. Even if you are a small local landlord, you are subject to the federal law as […]

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Can I sell property my tenant left behind?

Your tenant is long gone and he’s left a bunch of his stuff behind in the apartment.  Can you sell the property he leaves behind? In true lawyer fashion, the answer depends on the answer to another question (or, set of questions): Was your lease written after 2013?  Did you get the lease online?  Do […]

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