Assembly Approves Bill To Make It Easier To Evict Tenants Involved In Crime

Opponents Say It Will Harm Poor, Domestic Violence Victims


Landlords would have more power to evict tenants they suspect are engaging in criminal activity under a bill passed out of the state Assembly Thursday.

Under the plan, landlords who suspect tenants of committing a variety of crimes could evict them with five days’ notice. Proponents said it helps landlords who are left with few options if police don’t investigate potential criminal behavior. They also said the bill helps landlords ensure a safe environment for all tenants.

Opponents to the bill said it could inadvertently end up hurting victims of domestic violence, and would have a disproportionate impact on low-income renters.

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“Victims of violence and poverty — this is who we should stand up for, or at least not against,” said state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, who spoke against the plan.

The bill passed along party lines 60-31. It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.