Walker signs bill giving landlords more rights

Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:09 PM CST Updated: Dec 12, 2013 1:09 PM CST

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that gives landlords more power over tenants.

The bill Walker signed privately Thursday allows landlords to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime occurs on the property and the tenant was in a position to prevent it.

Democrats who opposed the measure argued that it strips tenants of their rights and limits local governments' control over property in their jurisdiction.

The bill was opposed by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the cities of Milwaukee and Madison as well as the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and others.

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