Legislation to MANDATE landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers was proposed on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Milwaukee County Economic and Community Development Committee. This ordinance would REQUIRE all landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers or any other kind of voucher for rental assistance. This would mean landlords would have to get a property registered under a section 8 program and submit their property for inspections. It would also require you to use one year leases — you could not rent month to month anymore because the Section 8 program mandates one year leases. Further, it is so loosely drafted that a landlord could not evict a tenant who is behind on the rent if they get an Emergency Assistance check.
Your AASEW Board of Directors, attorney and lobbyist continue to monitor proposed legislation on the city, county and state level.
As new matters which affect our interests are introduced we will report to you.
The Wisconsin State Legislature will not be in session again until January 2019, after the November election.
As you are contacted by candidates or campaign workers from any political party let them know that you operate a small business and that you need fair and reasonable laws governing the landlord/tenant relationship.
The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors does ordain as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 107 of the Milwaukee County Code of General Ordinances is hereby amended as follows:
107.01. – Intent.
It is the intent of this chapter to render unlawful discrimination in housing and to enact this chapter pursuant to the authority granted to counties by s. 66.1011, Wis. Stats. It is the declared policy of the county that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for housing regardless of sex, race, color, disability, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status of a person maintaining a household, lawful source of income, receipt of rental or housing assistance, age, sexual orientation, as defined in s. 111.32(13m), Wis. Stats., status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, gender identity and gender expression, or status in a domestic partnership.
107.02. – Definitions.
(9) “Receipt of rental or housing assistance” means the receipt of any form of financial contribution from a third party for the purposes of creating or keeping affordable housing for tenants, purchasers, or other potential housing recipients, including but not limited to, assistance provided pursuant to Title 42, United States Code, section 1437f (commonly known as the “Section 8” housing program), the HOME Partnership Program, the Community Development Block Grant program, or any other public rental assistance vouchers or programs.
The provisions of this Ordinance shall become effective upon passage and publication.