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Landlord Training Program

The award-winning Landlord Training Program operates out of the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) downtown location. Its goal is to teach landlords fundamental ways to keep illegal activity out of their property, and how to manage it if/when nuisance activity does appear. Considerable focus is also applied to operating according to the codes, laws and government directives that apply to rental properties as well as tried-and-true practices aimed at minimizing conflict and damage in area neighborhoods. This program was a runner-up for the Ford Foundation Harvard Kennedy School of Government Awards program, and a 1996 winner of the Innovations In Government award sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Mayor and Common Council. The classes are FREE, and held on a regular basis throughout the year at various locations to include local libraries. They are also held on evenings and weekends to accommodate virtually anyone's schedule. The classes are generally either one (1) five-hour session in one day, or two (2) 2.5-hour sessions over two evenings. Attendees get a free 100-page comprehensive manual, and handouts on a variety of legal and business issues related to managing property. Each class also includes professional guest speakers ranging from Court Commissioners and City Attorneys to towing companies and pest control.

To Register for an Upcoming Landlord Training Class:

*Please note: There has been surge in interest in these online classes, and there are smaller than the open-air ones of the past; we are doing what we can to provide more classes, but there are limits. Carefully following directions in registering, and checking this page for updates will aid in securing a spot in a class. (taking notes in the virtual class is a good idea)

1) Please INCLUDE ALL of the following information: name, complete address + CITY, STATE & ZIP, email address, telephone number, and the date(s) of the class you prefer for EVERY person interested, and please email to the address below:  (* Failure to include all this information will not secure your spot in the class)

2) Email to:  or Leave a voicemail at (414) 286-2954,   and include ALL the information asked-for above. 


COVID-19 RESOURCES for Residential and Commercial Properties:

  1. State of Wisconsin Landlord-Tenant
    1. COVID-19 FAQ's
    2. COVID-19 Consumer Protection (Eviction Moratorium, Restrictions on Late Fees, etc.)
  2. HUD Resources: Eviction Bans, CARES Act, etc.
  3. Milwaukee Health Department: What You Need to Know

Gobernador Orden De Emergencia #12: Orden De Mas Seguro En Casa

Milwaukee Department of City Development, COVID-19 Resources for Business




Apartment Life: A Student Guide (DNS-100)
Use this guide for helpful suggestions about apartment life.

Bedbug Brochure (DNS-311)
!!! Notice the bulleted list of things to do in-addition-to spraying pesticide. Tips for property owners and tenants to deal with bedbugs.

Contact Brochure for Property Owners (DNS-105)
Contacts for Milwaukee building and property owners.

Contactos Para Propietarios de Propiedades - (Spanish DNS-105S)
Contactos para Milwaukee propietarios de edificios y propiedades.

Handrail Sizes and Shapes
Use this document to install the required sizes and shapes for handrails.

Nuisance Noise Brochure (DNS-120)

Pitbull and Rottweiler Brochure (DNS-360)
This is the brochure for owners of Rottweilers and Pit-bulls. It covers ownership and handler information as well as kenneling requirements and licensing.

Pitbull y Rottweiler Brochure (DNS-360S)
Requisitos de la ordenanzade la cuidad de Milwaukee para los pitbull y rottweiler, correas y licencias, la cerca o jaula, distancia de la vía pública.

Rat Brochure (DNS-303)
Rat and rodent problems are handled by DNS. This is the process for getting rid of them.

So You Want to Be a Landlord (DNS-119)
A summary of city regulations that every new rental property owner needs to know.

Tenant Responsibility Guide (DNS-110)
Things a tenant must know about their responsibility.


The Landlord Training Program is paid for by Community Development Block Grant Funds.

(As-such, a complete address with City, State and ZIP are required to reserve a spot in the virtual meeting.)

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Virtual Landlord Training, Thursday

01-28-202110:00 AM  - 3:00 PMEmail: "" for access and materials or (414) 286-2954. !!!Failure to provide a complete name, complete address (with City, State and ZIP), phone number with Area Code and an email address (if possible) will NOT ensure you a spot in the class. Also, please recognize that we may not be able to fit more attendees in a given class marked "Check Availability."

Virtual Entrenamiento para Propetario

01-29-202110:00 AM  - 3:00 PMPor favor indique: la fecha de la clase, su nombre, su dirección con el número de código postal y numero de teléfono Registracion Es Requerida, (414) 286-3319

Virtual Landlord Training, Wednesday

02-03-20219:00 AM  - 3:00 PMTo register for an upcoming Landlord Training Microsoft Teams Meeting, please provide the following information: full name, address with ZIP, email address, telephone number, and the date(s) of the class you prefer, and please email or call (414) 286-2954

Virtual Landlord Training, Saturday

02-13-20219:00 AM  - 3:00 PMTo register for an upcoming Landlord Training Microsoft Teams Meeting, please provide the following information: full name, address with ZIP, email address, telephone number, and the date(s) of the class you prefer, and please email or call (414) 286-2954

City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson 

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

 Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, Room 104, Milwaukee, WI 53202




For additional information, check out the helpful links below:

  1. Act 317 Changes
  2. City of Milwaukee Property Registration Program
  3. Criminal Background Checks 
  4. Downspout Disconnection Program
  5. Emotional Support Animal
  6. Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (Labor Standards, Equal Rights, Resources, More...)
  7. Eviction Database Shows: "We're In the Middle Of A Housing Crisis" (news article)
  8. Eviction Defense Project, by Legal Action (Milwaukee & Dane Counties)
  9. (*NEW*) Homeless Veterans Initiative
  10. State of Wisconsin Landlord/Tenant Guide
  11. Lead-Safe Renovation Rule (Wisconsin)
  12. Lead Safety Brochure from the EPA
  13. Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics​
  14. MATC Partners with Fast Fund & Pete's Fruit Market to Fight Student Hunger
  15. Milwaukee Code of Ordinances (Source-Code of Orders Issued by inspectors)​
  16. Milwaukee County Courts: Eviction Process Checklist
  17. (*NEW*) Mold vs. Mildew
  18. (*NEW*) Office of Violence Prevention: to prevent and reduce violence through partnerships that strengthen youth, families, and neighborhoods.
  19. Rental Housing Associations in Wisconsin
  20. Renters Kit (HUD)
  21. (*NEW*) See-Something Say-Something, $$$
  22. Sexual Offender Registry-Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  23. Source for Legal Advice for Buyers, Landlords and Renters
  24. (*NEW*) Surgeon General A Healthy Home Checklist
  25. 10 Ways the Wisconsin Lawmakers Dramatically Rewrote Rental Laws to Favor Landlords Over Tenants (news article)
  26. (*NEW*) Tool Loan Center (Housing Resource Center Inc.)
  27. (*NEW*) When/Where/How to use Pesticides
  28. Wisconsin Dept. Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Rules: Landlord/Tenant Page

State Statutes:

  1. Chapter 66: General Municipality Law (66.0104 Prohibiting Ordinances that Place Certain Limits or Requirements on a Landlord, etc.)
  2. Chapter 704: Landlord and Tenant (Severablity of Rental Agreements, Requirements of Writing for Rental Agreements and Termination, etc.)
  3. Chapter 706.02: Formal Requisites
  4. Chapter 799: Procedure in Small Claims Actions (Court and Evictions, etc.)
  5. Chapter 801.11: Personal Jurisdicion, manner of serving summons for (how to properly serve summons to tenants)
  6. Chapter 942.08 Invasion of Privacy [surveilance cameras, peepholes, etc]

Wisconsin Legislative Documents, ATCP Chapter:

  1. 125: Manufactured Home Communities-Fair Trade Practices
  2. 134: Landlord/Tenant Rules (Promises to Repair, Prohibited Rental-Agreement Provisions, etc. NOTE: this has not-yet been updated to reflect certain changes including credit-check fee <$25)
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