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Senate poised to vote on expanding landlord rights

MADISON, Wis. — The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill Tuesday that would dramatically expand the rights of rental property owners in Wisconsin and give landlords more power to evict tenants for criminal activity.

The Republican bill would allow landlords to evict a tenant if that person, a roommate or a guest engages in criminal activity, regardless of whether anyone was arrested or convicted.

The measure would also allow landlords to dispose of or sell abandoned property and evict tenants who cause damage without repairing or paying for it.

The bill cleared the Assembly last week and is up for final passage in the Senate, which was slated to take it up in a session beginning at 11 a.m. If passed, it goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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