Cary Spivak and Mary Spicuzza Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 14, 2019 Assembly Speaker Robin Vos views himself as one of the best landlords in Whitewater. "If you are going to talk about the fact that I'm a landlord, it would be fair to say that, based on earlier news reporting, I am one of the better landlords and I have satisfied tenants," said Vos, R-Rochester. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters reached out to past tenants and visited several properties owned by Vos' company, Ladwig & Vos. While some tenants voiced minimal or few complaints, others said they would never rent from a Vos company again. "They were terrible landlords," said Candice Berryman, who was briefly a tenant in 2010. "I mean terrible." So bad that Berryman and her four roommates moved out after they said they lost power more than two dozen times from June 2, 2010, to Aug. 31, 2010, court records show. The roommates, all University … [Read more...] about Robin Vos says he’s a good landlord. Some tenants dispute that.
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Manufactured home park landlords, tenants, agree to mandatory mediation process, and providing an attorney for residents. But that could soon change. Under a compromise headed to the Legislature that was worked out Friday by representatives of park owners and residents, both sides must agree to mandatory mediation of disputes, and residents could get the services of a specially trained lawyer to represent them. The bill, endorsed by the Manufactured Housing Landlord/Tenant Coalition, gets its first hearing Monday in the state Senate, and figures to get a green light now that both sides have blessed it. Manufactured and mobile owners say they are often at the mercy of their landlords, even though they own their own properties. "We could never get park owners to come to mediation to talk about problems that we didn't think were addressed," said Nancy Inglehart, a tenant advocate who lives in Bell Acres Mobile Estates in Gresham. To resolve such sticky disputes, the Legislature has … [Read more...] about Resolving landlord-tenant disputes at mobile home parks
Phil Drake Great Falls Tribune Published 11:43 AM EST Feb 9, 2019 HELENA -- A state Senate panel has killed a bill that would have let landlords send tenants to a collections agency for unpaid rent and other charges without a court ruling. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-5 Friday on Senate Bill 184, sponsored by Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings, meaning as a tie it would not move forward. The bill was then tabled. The bill would have amended the Residential Landlord Tenant Act. The changes would also allow landlords to charge their tenants fees if they break their lease agreement. Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, who said he worked on the Landlord Tenant Act in a previous session, argued the bill created an uneven playing field for handling disputes. “This bill heavily weights in favor of landlords and against tenants,” he said, adding landlords could set the price for penalties without a third party review. Committee Chair Sen. Keith Regier, R-Whitefish, … [Read more...] about Montana lawmakers stall landlord-tenant bill
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / [email protected] A couple living at Punahou Gardens had to move out of their Makiki unit after the court issued an eviction order in a lawsuit filed against them in November by their landlord. The couple did not hire an attorney to dispute the charges and filed a counterclaim, which is still pending. About nine of every 10 eviction lawsuits in the state result in tenants losing their homes, an outcome that partly reflects a huge disparity in who gets help from attorneys, according to a landmark study that analyzed a decade of Hawaii court data. The nonprofit Lawyers for Equal Justice found that landlords were represented by attorneys in about 70 percent of cases, compared with just 5 percent for renters. And in nearly half the eviction lawsuits, the landlords won because the tenants failed to show up in court — even though some likely had justifiable defenses, according to the study’s authors. Landlords attribute the high percentage … [Read more...] about Tenants at disadvantage in eviction cases, study finds
The Perks Café location in downtown’s Sidway Building is closing until its ventilation system can be ruled safe by city inspectors. The building, at 777 Main St., has a first-floor restaurant kitchen served by a hood and exhaust system that has been described as a fire hazard by city fire safety inspectors, said Perks owner Bob Newman. “We’re closing today,” he said. Perks stopped paying rent in June, in an attempt to force landlord Vie Management to act, Newman said. The resulting eviction action has a hearing scheduled for Aug. 28, he said. An attorney for Vie Management described the matter as a landlord-tenant dispute. "This place has been permitted by the city for years, back to when it was Kaydara," said Larry Rubin. The landlord has just gotten an estimate for the required work, and are reviewing the situation, Rubin said. "This is the first they're hearing it may take actual repairs to it, instead of it just being cleaned." "Certainly the owner … [Read more...] about Perks Cafe downtown closing over dispute with landlord