Housing Law and Poverty Seminar

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /13
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 SL131

Course Description

As Matthew Desmond concludes in his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, evictions are not a symptom of poverty; they are a direct cause. Stable, safe, affordable housing is crucial to personal well-being, particularly in the lives of poor Americans. This class will cover federal and Virginia housing law with a focus on issues affecting low-income tenants and homeowners. Topics will include private Virginia landlord-tenant laws, public and other federally subsidized housing, fair housing and racial segregation, fair housing and the accommodation of physical and mental disabilities, tenant screening and evictions based upon criminal records, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, sub-prime mortgage lending, foreclosures and foreclosure rescue scams, manufactured-home parks, rent-to-own scams, trends to create more affordable housing, the eviction crisis, and measures being taken to reduce evictions in Virginia and nationally.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on Dec.18th (day before last day of exam period).

Other Work

Students will also be expected to take an active role in class discussions. Grades will be based upon the level and quality of class participation and a final substantial research paper.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Property and Constitutional Law suggested, but not required. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124817959

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law , Race and Law

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