December 15, 2016
Vermont landlords must provide enough heat to get all rooms up to 65 degrees.
To find out more about what heating facilities landlords must provide, follow this link to the Vermont Rental Housing Health Code and look on page 8.
The rules say that heating facilities in all dwelling units and rooming houses must meet the following standards:
- 7.1 Heating facilities shall be provided when the outside temperature is less than 55°F (13°C).
- 7.2 Heating facilities shall be properly functioning and in good repair.
- 7.3 Heating facilities shall be able to maintain a room temperature of at least 65°F (18°C) in all habitable rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. The maintenance of required heating levels shall be accomplished without overheating one room as a means of meeting minimum heating requirements for adjacent rooms. The temperature may be read and the requirement shall be met at a point three feet above floor level and three feet from an exterior wall.
- 7.4 Heating facilities shall be vented to the outside of the building. Unvented fuel-fired space heaters are prohibited in dwellings or rooming houses.
- 7.5 Every owner who provides heat as part of the rental agreement to occupants of dwelling units or rooming units shall maintain the provided heat at all times to all habitable rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms when the outside temperature is less than 55°F (13°C).