FIU College of Law Professor Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod recently gave a presentation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review Ben J. Altheimer Symposium, the school of law’s signature scholarly conference.
In 1972, the Uniform Law Commission adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA). It was enacted in 20 states and provided an “impetus for the widespread adoption of the implied warranty of habitability and laws restricting retaliatory eviction.”
This year’s symposium, “A Question of Balance: 40 Years of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and Tenants’ Rights in Arkansas,” discussed the work of the commission, current topics in residential landlord-tenant law, and current Arkansas law and policy.
Rodriguez-Dod’s presentation “No-Fault Evictions,” covered the same topic as her article to be published in the UALR Law Review, which critically examines the eviction of tenants for actions or events outside of the tenant’s control. “For example, in some jurisdictions, tenants may be evicted because the landlord’s property was foreclosed, the landlord wishes to re-occupy the property or sell the property to a purchaser who wishes to occupy it, or the landlord wishes to make certain changes to the property. I analyze and critique the common law and current and proposed statutes and uniforms acts that permit evictions of tenants from private residential dwellings under such circumstances,” she said. “In addition, this article will discuss the necessary balance between a landlord’s rights and obligations and those of a tenant and offer recommendations.”
Professor Rodriguez-Dod teaches Property, Wills & Trusts, and Elder Law at FIU College of Law. She has also taught courses in Real Estate Transactions & Finance and Landlord/Tenant law. Her scholarship focuses on the necessary balancing of autonomy versus societal goals.