I’ve been a residential landlord since 1977, at the ripe old age of 21. This became a full time effort in 1981. We gradually added staff until we were a proper business in the late 80s. Currently we employ about 30 people in Milwaukee.
In the mid 90’s we created Affordable Rental Associates to address the needs of my buddies in the business that did not have the luxury of an office staff and full time maintenance people. The rural farm coops were the model that this was loosely based on.
I’ve been active with the Rental Property Association of WI since the late 80s and served as president for a decade. I remain a director. My main focus over the decades with the Board has been working towards more reasonable legislation to improve the environment that rental housing providers work. I believe legislative advocacy is the most important service the RPA provides our industry.
Tim manages the blog Just a Landlord which shares tips, tricks, and thoughts about landlording.