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Gov. Scott Walker signs landlord bill into law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin landlords will soon get more power over their tenants.  

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law Thursday which his fellow Republicans say would ease burdensome requirements for landlords, and hold tenants more responsible for damages to their units.

Dwelling owners could dispose of almost anything tenants leave behind without advance notice. Landlords can remove improperly parked cars from their lots without having to call the police first.

Tenants can be evicted for crimes committed in their units, if they had the chance to stop those crimes and didn't.  

Evictions cannot occur if the tenants are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Walker highlighted the exception in a statement about the bill, saying it, "aids tenants."  

Democrats said the new law tramples on consumers' rights, and they predicted that more evictions would occur as a result of the measure.  

Just over 3,500 eviction cases wound up in court last year. The bill was among 23 Walker signed into law Thursday morning in his State Capitol office.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)