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Vermont Tenant-Landlord Law

by Joe Bredar

Vermont-

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act was created in order to ensure that everyone is treated equally during the housing process. It protects tenants from discrimination when seraching for a rental property. At the federal level the Fair Housing Act protects the following classes…

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Learn about fair housing at the federal level here https://resources.hemlane.com/landlord-must-know-fair-housing/

In addition to federal fair housing laws, Vermont prohibits discrimination on the basis of...

  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Recipient of public assistance
  • If a person intends to occupy the dwelling with one or more minor person
    (9 V.S.A. § 4503).

Eviction Laws

Vermont-Eviction-Laws
  • When it is failure to pay rent, the tenant has 14 days to pay you otherwise the eviction notice can be filed with the courts.
  • When there is another lease violation (e.g. subletting), the tenant has 30 days to resolve the violation from the point that the eviction notice is served. Otherwise the eviction notice will be filed with the courts.

Early Termination of Lease

When there is not a lease violation, but the landlord or tenant wants to break the lease, the following regulations apply:

Early termination by landlord

If the landlord wishes to terminate the lease early, the tenant must give the landlord notice in writing at least one full rental payment period prior to the move-out date; in Burlington and in absence of written agreement, resident must provide two rental periods notice.

Early termination by tenant

If the tenant wishes to terminate the lease early, the tenant must give the landlord notice in writing at least one full rental payment period prior to the move-out date; in Burlington and in absence of written agreement, resident must provide two rental periods notice.

For more information on Vermont Landlord Tenant laws please visit their website here.