In 2016, there were approximately 13,500 eviction cases filed in Wisconsin. Tenants had an attorney in about 112 of the cases. The Eviction Defense Project, which provides free legal aid to low-income tenants, is working to help tenants know their rights.
Purchasers of property adjacent to large-scale agricultural operations often find themselves in conflict with their neighbors. Under Wisconsin law, the property owner’s recourse for perceived nuisances is extremely limited, says Steve Frassetto, who discusses the livestock facility siting law and its impact on local governments and property owners.
In early 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court expanded the scope of the Building Permit Rule to encompass all land included in a building permit application, not just the buildings themselves. Adam Voskuil discusses what led to that decision and its potential effects moving forward.
2017 Wis. Act 317 is the latest in a series of legislation to substantially modify landlord-tenant laws. The act's most significant changes include clarifying laws regarding assistance animals in rental housing, responsibility for repair costs, rent abatement, limits on removal of CCAP information, credit and background checks, and contested evictions.
Multiple family members owning real estate together can be a recipe for disaster unless they jointly create a plan for the ownership and management of the property for generations to come. Melissa Kampmann and Shanna Yonke discuss the necessity of a well-reasoned plan, crafted by current and future owners, to minimize the risks associated with the common ownership of property.