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  1. Dan says:

    Hi John,
    I used to occasionally show up on the Old Citizen Wausau website before Dino changed the format. I’ve got a rental question for you. I’ve got a little triplex in Wausau that I’m considering putting a small coin laundry area in. Nothing fancy…just a single washer and dryer. There is a common entrance in the back of the building that I plan on putting a good security door in. My plan is to give a key to this door to each of the tenants so they’ll have two keys, one to get in the back door and laundry room and then their apartment keys. Here’s the question. Is there a code or something that says I can’t do this? Or is there an approved fire department master key type locks I should look at. The overall goal is to provide a convenience for my tenants while protecting the machines from outsiders.

    • drrent says:


      Just saw this comment here, sorry I missed it (technical difficulties).

      Thank you for the question, I added it to this weeks radio show.

      There are no outride codes that would not allow what you are proposing. However, just some things you should be aware of. First of all, for those laundry machines you will need electrical and plumbing installed, to be legal, those will require a building permit. Also, you will need to be able to vent the dryer. The only other thing that may be a concern is if that common area acts as a secondary emergency exit. If so, the machines cannot be located in such a manner that it now hinders the use of this as an exit.

      There is no fire department master lock per se… The fire department does like it when properties have what is called a Knox Box (you can contact the fire department about where you can get them). It is basically a lock box that gets attached to the building that has the keys for the building inside of it, then they have a key that will open the box. I do not believe this is a requirement though.

      • Dan says:

        Thanks for the comment. I missed your show..stuck in DC traffic! How do I get a hold of the podcast of the show…are there archives?

  2. Felix says:

    I turned on to your showed today as of 3/17 and heard you’ve mentioned about tenant occupy in your property no more than 2 people per bed room, no more 4 per two and 6 per 3. As I recalled when I pursued my real estate career, I remember I was taught that a person can occupy in 12 square feet. Isn’t that still true anymore? I wasn’t stay in the real estate business that long so I didn’t keep up with the real estate law anymore. If that’s still the case, does it matter if your house/apartment is big enough with a 1 bed room but still fit 5 people?

  3. April says:

    Wondering if you would talk to me over the phone about a rental. I’m a landlord who has some questions on marathon county damage hearing and security deposit

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