Wisconsin has recently enacted sweeping changes to landlord-tenant laws, stirring controversy among the general public.
Republican state legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, have granted landlords rights to further scrutinize tenants’ histories, accelerate the eviction process and shift the costs of maintenance and bedbug extermination to the renter. Especially controversial are the laws reducing the frequency and consequences of local inspections.
Some say the new laws protect landlords from systemic abusers of renters’ rights. Others say it’s a blatant power grab. One out of every five legislators who voted on the bill is a landlord or property manager.