Contemporary Issues in American Housing Law

In this seminar students will examine an array of important issues in the practice and experience of housing law and policy. In one sense the seminar offers an advanced property perspective. It will provide those with an interest in housing law with a broad background on how and why housing matters. Everyone has a “housing issue” – landlords and tenants, prospective homebuyers and home sellers, neighbors bothered by nuisance conduct or the condition of others’ property; local, state and national governments interested in combatting housing discrimination, and promoting an adequate stock of affordable housing; homeowner associations and their members; millions of American households struggling to find housing that does not eat up 50% or more of their income; homeless people confronted by laws criminalizing homelessness; immigrant families confronting anti-immigrant ordinances; people who are poor, elderly, or disabled confronted with exclusionary zoning or decisions by common-interest communities or neighbors opposing group homes; mortgage lenders interested to protect the value of their collateral; developers of residential property; communities – urban and rural – confounded by the aftermath of mortgage foreclosure and property abandonment. Seminar members will (1) gain understanding of the major roles that housing plays in American society, as shelter, home, economic good, economic sector; (2) develop basic literacy in the relationships of housing law and policy to: household precarity and stability, wealth building, and well-being; (3) identify critical dynamics shaping housing law and policy (such as climate change, income and wealth disparities, segregation). Students may submit their seminar papers to meet the certification requirement.

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Fall 2018.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course