Christie MarraChristine E. Marra

Staff Attorney – Center for Economic Justice | Concentrating in Housing Law

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Overview of Housing Law

In these hard economic times, it is especially important that the rights of renters and home purchasers be protected.  VPLC’s housing law attorney works on numerous issues including: relations between landlords and tenants, relations between sellers and buyers of dwellings, land use issues (zoning, subdivision ordinances, etc.), property ownership disputes, lending practices, government housing programs and numerous other matters related to residential real property.


VPLC lobbies the Virginia legislature for changes to landlord tenant law that will help low-income tenants avoid homelessness and collaborates with various other stakeholders to identify systems improvements to increase affordable and accessible housing across Virginia


Through its exchange of the latest information by training for legal aid staff and pro bono attorneys, VPLC helps renters know what they can do to relate with landlords to the benefit of both parties, helping to address problems or to avoid potential problems before they get out of hand.
VPLC provides advice on issues such as security deposits, lease terms, late fees and how a tenant can defend himself or herself against an eviction action.


For assistance, call the local legal aid office that serves your area or call 1-866-534-5243 to be connected with your local legal aid office. As a statewide support organization for local legal aid programs and their staff, we do not generally handle individual cases except when asked to act as co-counsel with a legal aid attorney. On a case-by-case basis, however, VPLC may be available to provide direct legal representation in matters involving complicated or innovative legal issues.

Housing Law Resources

Simplify landlord and tenant law by
making the Virginia Residential Landlord
and Tenant Act applicable to ALL single
family rental homes, regardless of their
location, if the landlord owns more than
TWO single family rental homes.
With this simplification, only those
landlords who own less than three single
family rental properties in their own
name will be exempt from coverage.