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Tim Brophy RE-revisited


Just when we thought something having to do with Tim Brophy’s unhappy affairs would be concluded in a just and honorable way, the story continues to defy closure. (Or should we say Tim Brophy continues to defy closure?)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the saga, here is some history.
Let’s go back to March of 2006 when Jessica Wineberg initiated the lawsuit against landlord Brophy after the city, due to outstanding building code violations, ousted her from the apartment she’d rented from him only days earlier. Brophy didn’t return her security deposit within the time allotted. So she sued him.
In January of 2007 the case was found to be appropriate for a Class action and opened to anyone who’d rented from Brophy between March 30, 2000 and May 15, 2007, provided there were uncorrected housing and building code violations that Brophy failed to disclose, or they were not returned their security deposits or given an explanation as to why within the required 21 days. There are presently over 100 plaintiffs who fit these standards.

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Brophy Declares Bankruptcy

Two years ago, landlord Tim Brophy hid under one of his tenant’s beds, hoping the police wouldn’t find him. They did. The city was after him then — and still — because of unpaid property taxes and outstanding fines relating to code violations on his vast collection of rental units in Riverwest, Harambee, Brewers Hill, and the East Side, which during its peak included more than 100 properties.

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Tim Brophy Arrested

On May 19 city officials held a press conference at 2648 N. 2nd Street, in front of a boarded up house owned by Tim Brophy, to announce that the well-known landlord had been arrested that morning near his home at North Lake Drive and Silver Spring. He was initially stopped for a traffic violation and driving without a valid driver’s license.

According to Milwaukee Police Department Captain Anna Ruzinski, Mr. Brophy had 26 outstanding warrants for property violations at the time of his arrest.

Jay Unora with the City Attorney’s office reported that as of that date Mr. Brophy had a past due balance with the City of $95,580, and 59 current cases with the Milwaukee Municipal Court.

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Rising Property Assessments in Riverwest

In the past year, Riverwest property values increased faster than any other neighborhood in Milwaukee, leaving many residents surprised and concerned. In Milwaukee, residential property values increased by almost 10 percent overall. The average increase in Riverwest was around 24 percent, while in some pockets of Riverwest, average property values almost doubled. “I was shocked,” […]