It is Thursday morning. Normally my Thursday blog posts will summarize the last Dr. Rent show and give you a preview of what we will cover on today’s show. Time is really tight this morning, so I am only going to do a quick show preview blog entry and will try to do a show summary tomorrow or over the weekend.
I have an appointment in Madison at 10:30 AM, but will be back in town by 4, so there should be no problem being in the studio in time for the Dr. Rent Radio Show; which can be heard from 5 to 6 PM on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM in the Wausau area.
Questions – Questions – Questions…. Today is one of my favorite types of shows, there will be no “main” topic and instead we are going to look at questions that have come up over the last few weeks.
So, what questions are on tap for today?
A landlord bought an old house, then bought the small apartment building next to it. He decided to turn the old house into his personal residence and wanted to tear down the apartment building to make the land that goes with the house bigger. The city said NO! (This was not in Wausau by the way); so… can a city actually say no to something like that?
The landlord returns the tenant’s security deposit. The tenant didn’t leave a forwarding address so it was sent to the old rental address. The tenant also didn’t leave a forwarding address with the post office so the deposit payment got returned. What should the landlord do with this payment? Should it be turned over the State to their unclaimed assets program?
A discussion is going on with an email group that I am a part of. If you have 2 or 3 tenants who are not related (a couple of college students renting a place), are you better off doing a separate lease with each tenant, or one lease with all 3 tenants on it? What are the pros and cons of each choice?
In a class that I do, I talk about issues that come up when leases are longer than a year. Unless the lease has specific language in it, 5-Day and 14-Day notices cannot be used, and only a 30-Day Cure or Vacate notice is valid. A landlord had a two year lease and is having issues, they want to know if at any time can they use a notice that does not allow the right to cure?
I had a landlord read an article that talked about a 3-Day Notice and were unfamiliar with it. They asked me what I knew about it since they had only heard about 5-Days and 14-Days. We will answer that question.
One of the best Landlord-Tenant blogs out there that looks at Wisconsin-specific issues is written by Attorney Tristan Pettit in Milwaukee and can be found at http://petriestocking.com/blog. One of his most recent posts is timely for two reasons. He talks about “untenantability” and what the tenant’s rights are when there is damage to the unit THAT IS NOT THE TENANT’S fault. This has been a big deal in Milwaukee with all of the flooding they had lately. It is also a big deal here as in yesterday’s first meeting of the new and improved Wausau Housing Task Force, this was also a topic that was brought up. So, what are the tenant’s rights?
Finally, speaking of housing blight and the Wausau Housing Task Force. There were three listening sessions and the City has listened. The new and improved Housing Task Force had its first meeting yesterday morning. The Task force has expanded to include a landlord, a home owner, and an attorney who spends a great deal of time representing tenants (and also is a tenant). The exact make up of the Task Force will not be “official” until the council approves these mayoral appointments at its next meeting on August 10th. I will briefly summarize what was covered in the first meeting.
So.. there is tonight’s show. I am starting to wonder if I am going to get through it all. But you know that if I don’t, it won’t get lost forever, it will just get delayed until next week. I apologize that there was no show last week, but I hope that my reports from the Affordable Housing Conference I attended in La Crosse made up for that. But now, I need to do some quick office work before heading down to Madison.
Until later… HAPPY RENTING!