Evictions in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis

Updated 9/29/2021

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The Governor of Vermont let the state of emergency expire on June 15, 2021. This does not mean that you can be removed from your rental unit right away. You cannot be evicted from your home without a court process. Read more below and contact us for help.

“Does a moratorium keep me from being evicted?”

Vermont’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium (s. 333, Act 101) ended JULY 15, 2021. The following things can now happen:

  1. You can now be served by a sheriff with a Summons and Complaint for eviction from your landlord.
  2. You might get a Notice of Status Conference in the mail for a date after July 15. This might happen if there was a Summons and Complaint from a long time ago. The sheriff can now serve you with that Summons and Complaint.
  3. If you are served with a Summons and Complaint, you need to file an Answer within 21 days. Contact us for help answering. In your message, be sure to say you got a Summons and Complaint.
  4. A Writ of Possession that has been issued by the court can be served on you by a sheriff. Then the sheriff can come back after the number of the days on the Writ and escort you out of your rental. (This is called the execution of a Writ.) You may be able to ask the court to quash (stop) the Writ if you explain reasons that would make it unfair to be evicted now, and the court agrees. Contact us to ask for help.

The recent CDC moratorium

The CDC had ordered a new moratorium (ban) on evictions for counties that have a "high" or "substantial" transmission rate of COVID-19. This action was meant to give time for states to send out rental assistance money and lessen community spread of COVID. However, on August 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that ends the CDC eviction moratorium. If you filed a declaration form, you are no longer protected by it. Contact us to ask for help.

The CARES Act moratorium

It applies to landlords who have a federally backed mortgage with a "forbearance" (which means their mortgage payments are postponed). During the period when the landlord is receiving forbearance, the landlord cannot:

  • start an eviction solely for non-payment of rent or other fees or charges
  • charge any late fees or penalties for late payments of rent, or
  • give a 30-day notice to vacate for any reason

Federally backed mortgages are those financed or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USDA Rural Housing Service (USDA), RHD, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran’s Administration (VA).

Contact us for help now

Don’t wait for a court date or a Writ of Possession. Contact us now to see if we can help you avoid eviction.

Vermont courts are scheduling eviction hearings. We can give you advice and refer you to some financial help to try to keep you in your rental unit.

Learn more about the eviction process in Vermont.

Updated: Sep 29, 2021