We have come together to fight SB 107, a bill that prohibits municipal governments from making regulations designed to protect tenants. This rolls back decades' worth of progressive legislation won in Madison, a city recognized as having some of the best tenant protections both in the state and in the country; and it prevents similar legislation from being drawn up here and across the state.
The bill includes measures that would:
- Allow landlords to require that prospective renters earn more than three times their rent in monthly income.
- Reduce housing options for low-income Madison residents, further concentrating poverty and segregating communities.
- Eliminate privacy protections for tenants.
- Abolish regulations that safeguard housing rights for persons with arrest and conviction records, disproportionate affecting communities of color.
- Repeal ordinances that prevent security deposit disputes.
- Remove limits on security deposits.
SB 107 is only a spur to action. This bill is just one symptom of a much deeper assault on our rights as tenants and as workers in Wisconsin. For this reason, it is imperative that tenants throughout the state unite!