The News: A final rule
proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) removes proposed burdensome regulations and licensing requirements that would have blanketed short-term rentals with pools and hot tubs in red tape. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) submitted a comment
in April urging DATCP to remove the regulations from their rule proposal.
The Quote: WILL Policy Director, Kyle Koenen, said, “It’s encouraging to see DATCP abandon their efforts to impose burdensome red tape on short-term rental owners with pools and hot tubs. Property owners will now have some well-deserved certainty that they can make a living without the heavy hand of government impeding their ability to do so.”
Impact: DATCP’s attempt to impose burdensome regulations on pools and hot tubs at short-term rental properties in Wisconsin forced homeowners to make difficult choices.
Mike Warecki, of Milwaukee, recently sold his rental property in Sturgeon Bay, WI as a result of DATCP’s rule. In testimony
submitted to the legislature in April, Warecki wrote, “Selling the property was not our desire, but we decided that it was the right thing to do given all the troubles we had with the state. While I no longer have a personal or financial interest in having the rule suspended, I don’t want to see other property owners go through the same experience we did.”
Another homeowner, Kelly Smith, has a property with a beautiful indoor pool (picture below), but DATCP required her to lock it up and prevent guests from using it until it meets the commercial code, which would cost $150,000. “This was not feasible,” Smith wrote in testimony
submitted in April. “Without the pool, I have estimated losses of over $30,000 in rental income per year. Renters are easily able to see our pool and are usually mystified and upset when I tell them they aren’t allowed to use it.”