Ghazala Hashmi


This article examines the crisis of eviction that exists in the Commonwealth

of Virginia and the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted

the particular vulnerability of low-income and minority communities.

Zoning policies, financing practices, limitations on tenants’ rights, and other

legal structures built into the Virginia Code underscore issues of systemic

racism that exacerbate the lack of affordable housing and instability of rental

opportunities. The article provides a highlight of recent legislation passed by

the Virginia General Assembly that seeks to address some of these concerns.