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Assembly to vote on discarding evicted tenant property bill Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill to let landlords dispose of any property left behind by evicted tenants, unless both sides agree otherwise in writing.

Lobbyists and attorneys for landlords say the measure would create standard statewide rules for dealing with what tenants leave behind if they’re evicted.

Opponents say it could create violent confrontations between landlords and evicted tenants.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says the state measure takes away tenant protections under his city’s regulations for landlords.

Assembly Republican Duey Strobel of Saukville is the bill’s main sponsor. The Wisconsin Realtors Association and Housing Alliance support the measure, along with the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin.

Legal Action of Wisconsin – a group that provides legal help to the poor – is among the bill’s opponents. They say the bill has been rammed through the legislative process with very little debate.