It’s Thursday and that means time for another installment of the Dr Rent Radio show on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM. There is no real main topic for tonight’s show. We are going to cover a few questions that have come up over the last week, and also touch on a few news articles. The articles I think would make decent show topics individually, however I am not sure how I can stretch each one to fill the entire time slot of the show… so instead you get treated on a three for the price of one deal.
First we will cover some questions. The first is a follow up from last week’s discussion of an eviction from the tenant’s point of view. The tenant does want to fight this eviction, their argument being that they always paid their half of the rent on time and have the receipts to prove it, it was their roommate who didn’t pay – so why not just evict the roommate?
Another question comes from one of the websites that hosts the Dr Rent Blog. (Even with all of the issues I have been having with the “cyber-attack” on my blog and my profile on the Wausau Daily Herald site, that site continues to be the “official” home of the Dr Rent blog. However, the blog has been “syndicated” onto two other local websites.) In this case, the tenant has permission to have a pet. However, they now want a second pet. What is the best way to proceed to get permission?
Last night, I attended a Village of Weston meeting that I am sure sounds really interesting to most people. The topic was whether to bring public utilities (such a sewer and water) to some of the areas within the Village that are served by private systems (such as on-site septic systems and wells). A question that didn’t come up at this meeting but easily could have is… if you are a tenant in a property that has well and septic that the landlord pays for and now there is public water service with metered usage – who know is going to be responsible for that bill – landlord or tenant?
One of my news topics is some stimulus funds the Wausau Community Development Authority has gotten their hands on. Based on comments in the article, a hope of the City and the CDA is by using these funds on specific properties, having better looking properties could “catch on” to other properties in the neighborhood. Is this true? I will talk about my thoughts on how valid a comment that is.
Speaking of news articles I would like to discuss (I will try to get to them all, but if I run long on the questions, we will just pick up where we left off on the next show in two weeks), the million dollar grant the CDA received in federal stimulus funds is just one of the three noteworthy news articles.
Another one is a legislative proposal in Madison to put some limits on what local government can charge to shovel your sidewalk. Most of us know if you don’t shovel your walk in the winter, the City could send you a notice and shovel it for you. What you may not know is that the minimum charge could be well over $100.00. That is a lot of money for a job that you could probably find a middle-schooler to do for a couple of bucks. There is a bill in Madison (that cities aren’t too happy about by the way) to cap the amount that can be charged to a more reasonable level.
Another news topic is that there is a proposal in Madison to expand the protected classes in housing discrimination. Currently there are 12 protected classes, 7 established by federal law and another 5 established by Wisconsin state law. The proposed 6th class that would be illegal to discriminate against would be victims of domestic abuse. Actually, I had thought that the law passed last year that allowed victims to break their lease without penalty gave them certain protection rights, so making it an “official” is really not a big deal in my opinion.
Finally, you may have noticed that I said after tonight, the next Dr Rent Radio Show will be in two weeks. That is because next Thursday I have a conflict (my first conflict since moving the show to Thursday evenings). We are not happy with some of the assessments put on some of our Mosinee properties, and we would like to discuss those assessments at the Board of Review. Their meeting is next Thursday evening.
I think it will be a great show so hope you tune in.. and until this evening – HAPPY RENTING!