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An Organization of Professional Property Owners.
Southern Wisconsin Landlords Association
Providing education and assistance to
Racine area real estate investors since 1988
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A member of The Wisconsin Apartment Association.

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SWLA meetings are open to all landlords


Monthly every third Monday

6:00pm Social Time

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Wednesday, March 14, is Legislative Day. We need you to join us in Madison for a Fun Educational Day. PLEASE join us.


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May 21

June 18

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Harbor Lite Yacht Club

559 State Street
Racine, WI 53402
(262) 634-9280

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EDUCATION

2018 WAA Spring Landlord Education and Trade Show

https://www.waaonline.org/conference/2018-waa-spring-landlord-education-day-trade-show

FREE Landlord/Crime Free Multi-Housing Rental Seminar

Presented in partnership by the Kenosha Police Department
& the Kenosha Landlord Association

To register for an upcoming seminar please contact
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“Free landlord training in Milwaukee"

(NOT the class by Tristan Pettit)

The award-winning Landlord Training Program operates out of the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) downtown location.Its goal is to teach landlords fundamental ways to keep illegal activity out of their property, and how to manage it if/when nuisance activity does appear. Considerable focus is also applied to operating according to the codes,laws and government directives that apply to rental properties as well as tried-and-true practices aimed at minimizing conflict and damage in area neighborhoods. This program was a runner-up for the Ford Foundation Harvard Kennedy School of Government Awards program, and a 1996 winner of the Innovations In Government award sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Mayor and Common Council.

The classes are FREE, and held on a regular basis throughout the year at various locations to include local libraries. They are also held on evenings and weekends to accommodate virtually anyone's schedule. The classes are generally either one (1) five-hour session in one day, or two (2) 2.5-hour sessions over two evenings. Attendees get a free100-page comprehensive manual, and handouts on a variety of legal and business issues related to managing property. Each class also includes professional guest speakers ranging from Court Commissioners and City Attorneys totowing companiesand pest control.

RecentEvents:

The lastest legislative news.

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12-6-13

GOOD NEWS!! Bill Signing of SB 179 Next Thursday, December 12th. Great news!! Governor Walker will sign SB 179 next Thursday, December 12th at 8:00 a.m. in his office in Madison. Chris Mokler, Dean Ramsden and Dale Hicks will be representing our Association at the signing

 

Down load SB 179 here

 

 

12-3-13

 

 

Still No Final Word on Signing of SB 179 There is no final word yet from the Governor's office on the signing of SB 179. The indication is still that the Governor will sign the bill right after Thanksgiving. I will let you know as soon as we have more information on the bill signing and then more on the published bill. If there is a public signing I will let you know in case you might like to attend. Dean, Dale and Chris have indicated they would all like to be present representing the Association.

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Bill Passed The October special session bill that increases the state rehabilitation tax credit was agreed to by the State Senate on November 12th. The bill is now on the Governor's desk waiting for his signature. There's been no indication when he might sign it. The bill would increase the amount of the state rehabilitation tax credit for certified historic structures to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures. The bill also creates a new state rehabilitation tax credit, in the amount of 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures, for qualified rehabilitated buildings, if those expenditures exceed $50,000. Additionally, the bill specifies that property is eligible for the new credit regardless of whether the rehabilitated property is used for multiple or revenue-producing purposes.

 

 

New Act: Review of One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code NOTE: WRHLC helped enact this new law!! The original bill was AB 77, which was passed, and its companion bill was SB 72. I have had a number of folks call and ask where this legislation was, so I am reposting it for all interested or involved in projects.

2013 WISCONSIN ACT 23 An Act to amend 101.62 and 101.63 (5); and to create 101.62 (4) and 101.63 (10) of the statutes; relating to: review of the one- and two-family dwelling code by the department and reports by the Dwelling Code Council on the one- and two-family dwelling code.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows: Section 1. 101.62 of the statutes is amended to read: 101.62 (1) The dwelling code council shall review the standards and rules for one- and 2-family dwelling construction and recommend a uniform dwelling code for adoption by the department which shall include rules providing for the conservation of energy in the construction and maintenance of dwellings and for costs of specific code provisions to home buyers to be related to the benefits derived from such provisions. (2) The dwelling code council shall study the need for and availability of one-family one- and 2-family dwellings that are accessible to persons with disabilities, as defined in s. 106.50 (1m) (g), and shall make recommendations to the department for any changes to the uniform dwelling code that may be needed to ensure an adequate supply of one-family one- and 2- family dwellings. Upon its own initiative or at the request of the department, the (3) The dwelling code council shall consider and make recommendations to the department pertaining to rules and any other matters related to this subchapter. The dwelling code council shall recommend variances for different climate and soil conditions throughout the state.

Section 2. 101.62 (4) of the statutes is created to read: 101.62 (4) The dwelling code council shall prepare a report that consists of the review required under sub. (1) and the recommendations required under sub. (3) once every 6 years. The council shall complete the first report no later than 365 days after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].

Section 2m. 101.63 (5) of the statutes is amended to read: 101.63 (5) Biennially review Review the rules adopted under this subchapter once every 3 years.

Section 3. 101.63 (10) of the statutes is created to read: 101.63 (10) Assist the dwelling code council in preparing the report as required under s. 101.62 (4).

Wisconsin Legislative Council Act Memo

2013 Wisconsin Act 23 [2013 Assembly Bill 77]

Review of One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code

Under prior law, the Dwelling Code Council (Council) was required to review the standards and rules for the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC), which applies to the construction of one- and two-family dwellings. The Council was also required to, upon its own initiative or at the request of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), consider and make recommendations to DSPS pertaining to the UDC. Prior law did not require the Council to prepare a report of its recommendations.

Under prior law, DSPS was required to review the UDC every two years.

2013 Act 23 requires the Council to prepare a report containing its review of, and recommendations pertaining to, the UDC once every six years. The Act specifies that the Council must complete the first report no later than one year after the Act’s date of enactment. The Act requires DSPS to assist the Council in preparing the report.

The Act also requires DSPS to review the UDC once every three years, rather than once every two years as required under prior law.

Effective date: The Act took effect on July 7, 2013.

Prepared by: Mary Matthias, Senior Staff Attorney, July 16, 2013

Legislation in Progress Before the Senate Housing Committee 2013 SENATE BILL 344

October 14, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Cowles, Lassa, Schultz and Lehman, cosponsored by Representatives Petryk, Ballweg, Czaja, Vruwink, Born and A. Ott. Referred to Committee on Insurance and Housing. An Act to amend 709.03 (form) C. 8. and 709.033 (form) C. 9.; and to create 709.03 (form) C. 9m. and 709.033 (form) C. 9m. of the statutes; relating to: disclosing ownership of a dam to prospective buyers of certain real property and updating disclosure reports for certain real property.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Under current law, with certain exceptions, owners selling residential real property or vacant land must give prospective buyers a form, known as a real estate condition report for residential real property and as the vacant land disclosure report for vacant land, on which the owner discloses certain conditions of, and other information about, the real property of which the owner is aware. This bill requires an owner to disclose on the applicable report whether the owner has notice or knowledge that a dam is located on the property or that ownership of a dam that is collectively owned by a homeowner association, lake district, or other group runs with the property even though the dam is not located on the property. This bill also updates the real estate condition report and the vacant land disclosure report to indicate that the regulation of underground storage tanks was transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

2013 SENATE BILL 407….this has quickly gathered a good deal of attention. I will keep you informed on any actions or hearings. November 21, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Moulton, Grothman and Vinehout, cosponsored by Representatives Bernier, Czaja, Jacque, Petersen, T. Larson, Craig, Thiesfeldt, Severson and Loudenbeck. Referred to Committee on Insurance and Housing.

An Act to create 101.645 (3m), 101.647 (3m) and 145.135 of the statutes; relating to: exempting certain one- and two-family dwellings from the requirements of having smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and from standards and rules relating to plumbing.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Current law requires that owners of one- and two-family dwellings (family dwellings) install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in those dwellings. Current law also requires that owners of family dwellings be in compliance with the standards related to plumbing that are promulgated as rules by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

This bill exempts family dwellings that are not wired for electrical service from the requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The bill also exempts a family dwelling from the standards promulgated as rules by DSPS related to plumbing if the dwelling does not have an indoor toilet and does not have any system to dispose of toilet waste.

New Legislation to Consider. WAA-WRHLC has in the past supported this proposal. 2013 ASSEMBLY BILL 523

November 22, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Stroebel, Bies, Murphy, Murtha, Brooks, Nass and T. Larson. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

An Act to renumber and amend 807.01 (4) and 815.05 (8); to amend 814.04 (4); and to create 807.01 (4) (b) and 815.05 (8) (b) of the statutes; relating to: interest rates on judgments in small claims actions.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Under current law, interest accrues on a judgment involving the recovery of money at an annual rate of 1 percent plus the prime rate in effect on the day on which the judgment is entered, as reported by the Federal Reserve Board, until the amount is paid. Current law also provides that if an offer of settlement is made and rejected, the party making the offer of settlement prevails, and the judgment is greater than or equal to the offer of settlement, interest accrues on the amount recovered at the rate of 1 percent plus the prime rate in effect on the day on which the judgment is entered from the date on which the offer of settlement is made until the amount is paid. Current law establishes certain procedures to be followed in small claims actions brought in circuit court. Small claims actions include eviction actions, actions to recover earnest money given towards the purchase of real property, and certain other civil actions on which the amount claimed is $10,000 or less. This bill changes the interest rate on judgments for the recovery of money in small claims actions to 12 percent per year. This bill also changes the interest rate on amounts recovered by a party who prevails in a small claims action after that party made an offer of settlement that was rejected to 12 percent per year from the day on which the offer of settlement is made until the amount is paid.

2013 ASSEMBLY BILL 520 November 22, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Stroebel, Tittl, Murphy, Murtha, T. Larson and Bies, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor and Grothman. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

An Act to create 758.20 of the statutes; relating to: removing certain information contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Programs Internet site.

 Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Under current law, the director of state courts established a consolidated electronic system. This system, known as the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP), contains information about civil and criminal cases filed in the circuit courts in this state, including information about the parties and their attorneys; documents filed; and deadlines, decisions, and outcomes of cases. The information on CCAP is available for free on an Internet site. CCAP allows a user to search for all civil and criminal cases in which a person or entity, who is the subject of the search, has been a party. Under this bill, the director of state courts must remove from CCAP's Internet site all information regarding a civil case if all money judgments entered against a party in the case are satisfied in full, and eight years have passed since the date the judgment was satisfied in full.

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