Overview of major policy changes in landlord-tenant law with interviews of housing authorities, lawyers, and other experts in the field.
The Wisconsin Assembly voted 58-34 to pass a bill (Assembly Bill 771) that severely limits the rights of tenants and makes it harder to catch bad landlords. The two most controversial changes include adding additional procedures to tenants seeking to claim emotional support animals and limiting the housing leeway given domestic abuse victims. The bills focus according the drafter, Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, is to tackle the increasing costs of landlords. The first major change is one that affects domestic abuse victims. “There has been a trend in the Wisconsin State Legislature over the past few sessions that is slowly eroding tenant’s rights in favor of landlord rights — specifically the rights of tenants who are victims of domestic abuse,” said Chase Tarrier, public policy coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Tarrier said the main reason domestic abuse victims stay or [...]