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Rental housing providers file lawsuit against Wausau

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau Area Apartment Association along with other rental housing providers have filed a lawsuit against the City of Wausau, according to a press release from WISLawyer LLC in La Crosse.

The press release says the suit comes after the city passed a 'Residential Rental Licensing' ordinance.

According to the City of Wausau's website, that ordinance went into effect July 1. The ordinance requires all rental units in the city to have residential rental licenses. An inspection will be performed every three years to be sure everything is up to code, according to the city's website. Landlords will be given 21 days notice of inspections.

The press release from WISLawyer LLC says that the ordinance violates state and federal law, and a current act prevents the cit from passing ordinances that 'create undo burdens on rental housing providers.' According to the release, those inspections are an invasion of privacy. It also says that the ordinance forces housing providers to violate the constitutional rights on its residents.

Wausau's city attorney did not immediately return our call made Thursday night.

Read the ordinance by clicking here:
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