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Fall 2017
5318 Landlord & Tenant - MCELVANEY- 12601

Professor(s): Richard McElvaney (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Real Property, Trusts and Estates 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TTH  Location: 144  BLB

Course Outline: This course presents statutes and cases relating to residential and commercial landlord and tenant law in Texas. Additionally, we will explore area that relate to landlord and tenant practice: Texas Fair Housing Act, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Bankruptcy, federal subsidized housing, negotiation strategies, and lease drafting. After completing this course, students will have the necessary legal and practical knowledge to represent landlords and tenants effectively upon starting to practice law.

Regular course attendance is required! You must attend 23 of the 28 classes to be able to take the final exam. In the event that class needs to be rescheduled at any time, I will give you advance warning on the online class discussion board if practical. There may be times when I plan to have class but get delayed in court. In those situations a notice will be placed on the discussion board and a note will be placed on the door informing you that class has been unavoidably cancelled. This will not happen often, but may happen from time to time. All postponed/cancelled classes will be rescheduled.

The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday December 12, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In the event you have a conflict with the final exam date, you should follow the Law Center policy to request rescheduling the final exam.

This is an ordinary University of Houston Law Center course. Accordingly, Law Center policy requires the final grade average for the course be 2.90 – 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Class participation, including turning in all assignments, may count toward your final grade.

My office phone is (713) 743 -1236 (UHLC). If you do not find me in my office (TU2-45F), you should feel free to call me at any time or Email me regarding questions. There is also an online class discussion board under the “Courses” section within the “Faculty, Staff, and Students” link of the UHLC webpage.



Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 7/24/17

Course Notes:   REQUIRED TEXT

1. Cases and Materials for a course in Landlord and Tenant Law (Online).

2. O’Connor’s Texas Property Code Plus (2017) or 2017 Texas Property Code (West). (You may also access the Texas Property Code online.)
NOTE: Wait to buy any Texas Property Code until the 2017-2018 editions are released.

3. Additional cases will be provided as handouts and/or posted on the class discussion board.

ASSIGNMENTS

Each student will be assigned a set of cases. (and will serve as backup for same # cases)

* Email me your written case brief of the cases you present in class (prior to that class date).

Justice Court Observation (Due 10/19/17)

Lease Review Checklist (Due 11/16/17)

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: NA

Final Exam Schedule: 12/12 2 - 5PM  144 TU2  111 TU2  

This course will have:
Exam: Yes
Paper: No

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: Yes

Course Materials (4/17/2017 3:47:54 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Cases and Materials for a course in Landlord and Tenant Law (Online). O’Connor’s Texas Property Code Plus (2017) or 2017 Texas Property Code (West). Additional cases will be provided as handouts and/or posted on the class discussion board.

O'Connor's Texas Property Code Plus (2017) can be found at the UHLC Bookstore