Wausau Property Owners Fight Nuisance Charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Officials in Wausau are preparing for a series of trials involving property owners accused of having chronic nuisance properties.

Daily Herald Media reports the city considers properties chronic nuisances if there have been three or more arrests or citations there in six months. The arrests or citations could be for anything from building code violations to making drugs.

Wausau has deemed about 50 properties as chronic nuisances. Most are rentals.

Eleven property owners are fighting the charges.

One has already been fined about $2,600 for missing a Dec. 10 court appearance. Two others are awaiting pretrial conferences. The rest are scheduled for trials from February through May after pleading not guilty.

Property owners deemed chronic nuisance landlords must file plans with police detailing how they'll fix the problems.

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