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Friday - January 5, 2018 9:01 am

More protections for landlords, fewer for tenants

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Wisconsin lawmakers have crafted legislation in recent years to make life easier for landlords, and harder for tenants. The city of La Crosse, which used to require landlords register their properties and have them regular inspected by the city, has ended that after mandates from the state. Now lawmakers in Madison are again trying to make it easier for landlords to do business in the state, while reducing protections for tenants. A bill authored by Rep. Rob Brooks could end up leading to victims of abuse being evicted from their homes more quickly. Under current law, Wisconsin courts can block the eviction of domestic abuse victims and other tenants who are waiting to get help through an emergency assistance program. Brooks' bill would put a five day limit on those court-imposed holds. Really? Get beat up by your boyfriend and get an eviction notice? This puts victims in harms way. This bill doesn't stop there. It also would make it harder for people to force landlords to accept pets by claiming they are emotional support animals. Suffering from PTSD? Fido has to go. This legislation is part of a growing trend of pro-landlord, anti-tenant legislation. It seems there are plenty of legal protections in place for Wisconsin landlords. Where is the legislation that protects the tenants, especially those who suffer abuse or need a pet to help them make it through the day?

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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