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Iron Chef Sponsors, Judges and Chefs Needed!

Everyone's favorite TRC fundraiser is back - but this time, it's BAKED!!  The Tenant Resource Center is planning its annual spring fundraiser for April 4th!  As always,  its the community that makes the work we do a success - we can't do it without you!  So, here's how you can help!

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You Still Have Rights! Let's talk about the new laws

One of the comments that we hear most frequently here at the TRC is, “well, I guess the [other party] has all the rights.” Landlords say it about tenants, and tenants say it about landlords, but like most things, the truth is way more complex.

The goal of tenant landlord laws is to have some equitable balance of power between tenants and landlords.  Depending on who is in charge politically (folks more inclined to see a tenant’s perspective, or those more inclined to identify with the landlord), the balance shifts.  But it’s never entirely one-sided, and those who want to be given rights have to stand up for them.

So, landlords and tenants, this is your call to action.  The laws have changed, yes, but you still have rights, the other party still has rights, and it’s all of our responsibility to have some sense of what they are and take action based on that knowledge.  That’s why we are here at the TRC – to help you understand what is on the books, and to walk you through possible solutions. 

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New Tenant Landlord Laws Go Into Effect at Midnight

Tenants, Landlords, prepare to be confused.  Call, email or stop in!!!

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Governor Signs SB 179

Today Governor Walker signs SB 179 (Now 2013 Wis Act 76) into law. This is the third piece of legislation in two years to drastically alter tenant landlord law, for the most part removing tenant protections and local controls over rental housing practices. This law makes over 20 Madison ordinances unenforceable and changes over 20 statewide laws, resulting in over 75 law changes since 2011 Wisconsin Act 108.

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TRC Silent Auction and Fundraiser Tonight!

Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Ave., 5 - 7 pm . . . check out all the goodies and thank the donors!  Suggested donation $25, but everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.  Come help us celebrate not getting our funding cut!

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Radical Changes Near Final

Tuesday night the Wisconsin Senate passed SB 179, the third piece of legislation in two years to drastically alter tenant landlord law. This law removes over 20 Madison ordinances and changes over 20 statewide laws, resulting in over 75 law changes since 2011 Wisconsin Act 108. Here is a summary of some of the areas of the law that will be impacted:

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SB179 to be Voted On by Assembly Today

SB179 is the third bill in 2 years that wipes out tenants rights.  2011 Wis. Act 108 went into effect December 21, 2011 and mostly impacted Dane County, Madison and Fitchburg.  2011 Wis. Act 143 went into effect March 31, 2012 and affected many rights throughout Wisconsin.  Due to several errors and mistakes in that bill, there is now SB179 which fixes some of those mistakes and takes away more tenant's rights, drastically tipping the playing field in favor of landlords.  However!  Landlords, beware.  We fear many unintended consequences and misleading statements by the authors of this bill may get you in to trouble down the road.  So, once this bill goes into effect, make sure to check our website so you know your rights and responsibilities too!

More information on the law changes is here.

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Welcome!

We hope you like our new website!  We are very excited about it!  Not just because it looks cleaner, is easier to navigate and hopefully you will find the information you need quicker .  . . but because we have better access and control over our website, which means we can update it more often and make sure it is up to date.

Also, the website will help us collect data easier and make it easier to communicate with you!

So, it may take a week or two for us to get everything all straightened out . . . so be patient with us.  In the mean time, explore and let us know what you like and what you don't like.  What do you need?  What can't you find?  We are working hard to make sure it works for you - so let us know what you think!

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