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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

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

Light meal

($5.00 per person)

6:30pm Meeting Time

Non Members First meeting FREE

$20 Fee for each subsequent meeting

Applied to membership fee when you join


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

Regular Meetings

March 19

April 16

May 21

June 18

Meeting Location:

Harbor Lite Yacht Club

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

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2018 WAA Spring Landlord Education and 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
the Kenosha Police Department Crime Prevention Unit



“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.


The lastest legislative news.

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Realtors Leader asks Scott Walker for Funds to Raze Rundown Homes From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of Feb. 6, 2013 The president of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors is asking Gov. Scott Walker to set aside more money in his state budget to help Milwaukee tear down dilapidated homes.  "No urban area in the state has felt the brunt of the foreclosure crisis as deeply as Milwaukee, where approximately 25,000 property owners have had foreclosure actions filed against them," Mike Ruzicka said in a letter to Walker late last month.  At any given time, the city's Department of Neighborhood Services has approximately 500 homes on its "must-raze" list, at a cost of $15,000 per home. Last year, the city spent an estimated $3.36 million, plus an additional $500,000 from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to tear down homes too far gone to save.  This year, the city expects to spend another $3.9 million.  "The City of Milwaukee has dedicated funds to raze dilapidated housing units that have succumbed to deterioration due to foreclosure and abandonment," Ruzicka wrot  e. "However, the immediate needs of the city are greater than available funding."


In his letter and in an interview, Ruzicka said his request was based on a simple premise: a rundown home drags down the value of surrounding properties.  "Razing dwellings that are a drag on the housing market would effectively clear out the 'dead wood' and allow similar inhabited properties to be compared when calculating the value of a house," he wrote.  Ruzicka said vacant land does not have the same negative impact on nearby homes as dilapidated homes do.


City officials are still pressing the Walker administration to turn over more proceeds from a $25 billion settlement last year between assistant attorneys general from 48 states, including Wisconsin, and five banks and mortgage servicers accused of mortgage abuses. Wisconsin received a $140 million share of the settlement, $109 million of which went to consumers.


A year ago, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Walker said $24.3 million would be put into the general fund instead of being dedicated to foreclosure problems. It's that money the city wants to be given to address the foreclosure problem.

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