The federal, state, and local governments have designated funds to help tenants who have lost income due to the pandemic avoid eviction.
- The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) is a grant of up to $3000 paid on behalf of qualified tenants to their landlords. In Milwaukee County, the program is administered by the Social Development Commission and more information can be found here or by calling (414) 326-2888.
- The Milwaukee County Eviction Prevention Fund was recently created to help tenants remain in their rental units. This program is administered by the Rental Housing Resource Center at Community Advocates. Tenants can learn more and apply here or by calling (414) 270-4646.
- Wisconsin’s Emergency Assistance program has existed for years and can provide funds for tenants facing eviction who have dependant children in their households. The program is administered by W2 agencies. Check here for a list of W2 agencies and more information.
Ban on evictions, foreclosures set to expire; landlords can serve tenants starting May 27
Legal Aid attorney Nick Toman discusses the expected increase in evictions coming after the eviction moratorium ends.
Consumer Fraud Warning
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has put out a warning about fake eviction notices sent by email.
The landlord gave our client notice that her lease would not be renewed at the end of the year. Normally, a landlord can do this, but Legal Aid determined the woman’s apartment was a “Section 42” apartment financed by IRS tax credits. Section 42 housing required a good cause for refusing to renew a lease.
The landlord said the cause for kicking her out was that she let someone live with her off-lease. That was true, but it was her 85 year old mother who stayed with her for 1 or 2 months while undergoing chemotherapy and waiting to get into a senior housing complex. The client has never missed a payment or breached the lease in the 8 years she lived in the same apartment.
Furthermore, the woman suffers from epilepsy and has grand mal seizures nearly every day. The apartment she lives in allows her to walk to her pharmacy and to get food. This is important to her, as she cannot drive with her condition.
Legal Aid went to court on behalf of this woman and convinced the landlord to settle the case. Our client was allowed to stay in her apartment and should be able to stay for as long as she wants.