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Rent Smart provides a practical education to help people looking for rental housing to acquire and keep decent housing.

Rent Smart emphasizes skills that may help tenants avoid legal confrontations.  It stresses both tenant  and landlord responsibilities and the advantages gained from viewing the landlord-tenant relationship as mutually beneficial rather than confrontational.

Target Audience. The program is specifically designed to help  a person who have never rented or are having difficulty obtaining rental housing.  This difficulty may arise from lack of experience, poor rental history, poor credit history, or other issues that cause potential landlords to view them as high risk.

The Rent Smart is based on information collected through focus groups held with the types of tenants who could benefit from the program and on discussions with property managers and tenant advocates.  The Rent Smart curriculum was developed by staff from the University of Wisconsin-Extension  in consultation with the Wisconsin Apartment Association, the Wisconsin Trade and Consumer Protection Division, the Tenant Resource Center, the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin and other housing and tenant support groups.


Rent Smart Training Date:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

9:00AM - 2:00PM

Hillside Family Resource Center

1452 North 7th Street | Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53205

To Register for an Upcoming Rent Smart Training Class:

  1. Email Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached during the day and the dates of the class you prefer - OR -
  2. Telephone registration is available at (414) 286-2954.

Effective January 1, 2015 the first time reinspection fee will be $60.  With the 1.4% Training and Technology surcharge fee the total fee will be $60.84. The other reinspection fees remain the same.  2nd Reinspection-$76.05 3rd Reinspection-$202.80  4th Reinspection $354.90

Name of Products:
i12010S –10 Year Hardwired Smoke Alarm – manufactured 12/18/13 through 5/13/14
i12010SCO – 10 Year Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm – manufactured 12/30/13 through 5/13/14
KN-COSM-IBA – Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm (front-load battery model only) – manufactured from
10/22/13 through 5/13/14
These units are AC/DC powered and capable of hardwired interconnect. They have a Kidde logo on the face of the unit. The model number is on the label on the back of the unit.

Identified Hazard: If a power outage occurs at the same second that a unit is performing a sensor health check, the unit may go into a “latched” mode, causing it not to alert to the presence of smoke. It will sound if it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system. Once power is restored, a latched unit will sound an alert, regardless of the presence of fire and/or carbon monoxide (for combination units) until power to the unit is completely removed.

Remedy: Replace Unit. Consumers should not take the alarm out of service until they receive a replacement from Kidde. Kidde Product Support: Kidde toll-free at 1-844-553-9011 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, except holidays, or visit our website at Calls consumers may have of a technical nature that are not related to the recall should be transferred to our toll free number.

KIDDE Recall Letter.pdf

KIDDE Recall Smoke Alarm identification sheet.PDF 

BED BUGS-How to Get Rid of Them brochure!

How Sweet it is! New Honeybee Beekeeping brochure!

$1,000 Reward for Information on Illegal Scrapping
1-800-78-CRIME   1-800-782-7463 - Collect Reward and Remain Anonymous

As of January 1, 2013 Plan Examination and Permits are now under the Department of Neighborhood Services.  

 Residential Properties Pending Foreclosure
Here is the latest ordinance change and forms for residential properties facing foreclosure. 

Fire Prevention Permits for Hazardous Condition Occupancies

Residential Rental Inspection Program


FESTIVAL & EVENT PLANNERS! - Avoid a violation and open on time with this Event FAQ, Festival Permit Application, and Festival Application Checklist.

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 Do you use signs?
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New deadlines for facade inspection on highrise buildings.
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Help clean up Lake Michigan! Keep our
water clean by reducing storm water in
the sanitary sewers! Learn facts about
ways to legally disconnect your downspouts.
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How to Disconnect your Down Spouts!

Landlord Training Classes are FREE!




Last Update  5/29/15

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