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Access to housing is an essential right of all people. The ability to maintain those rights requires both tenants and landlords to follow the law, but sometimes tenants require protection from unjust evictions. This session will address Virginia and Federal laws that assist landlords, tenants, and homeowners with issues surrounding housing access in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Daniel Rezai is a staff attorney with Southwest Virginia Legal Aid working on both housing and family law cases. As a former Policy Analyst, Daniel uses his knowledge of the Virginia Code to research every aspect of a housing law to ensure landlords are following the laws of Virginia when seeking to evict a client from their housing.
Kristi Murray is a staff attorney with Southwest Virginia Legal Aid working on both housing and family law cases. Kristi has brought over a decade of experience to the SVLAS Christiansburg office and uses that knowledge to extensively vet the claims of landlords when seeking to evict clients from their housing. She has used her experience to help negotiate with landlords on behalf of her clients to help stop eviction proceedings from being heard by the court. She has also served many clients through negotiating settlements with landlords to preserve housing and HUD vouchers.