The Eviction Moratorium (Ban) in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis

Updated 7/23/2020 12:30 p.m.

New: Rental Housing Stabilization Program offers help with past-due rent
For help with past-due rent, Vermonters should apply for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program through the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA). Starting July 13, VSHA is accepting applications from landlords and tenants, and paying landlords directly to bring the tenant’s accounts current. Learn more about this program and how to get help.

Video: Virtual town hall about new rental assistance for Vermonters. On July 16, 2020, Vermont Legal Aid attorney Jean Murray talked about the new financial help renters can get to pay past-due rent. She discussed how it works and how you can apply. Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube.

This page is about evictions. For mortgages and foreclosures, see our information about mortgage payments and foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis.

You may have heard of an “eviction moratorium.” There are three laws or rules that affect Vermont evictions and foreclosures: the federal CARES Act, the Vermont Judiciary’s emergency rules, and a state law called S.333. 

The federal CARES Act prevented non-payment rental terminations until July 24, 2020. After July 24, you may have protection if the building you live in has a federally backed mortgage and your landlord has 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). 

S.333 “stays” (pauses) all evictions as of May 14, 2020, until the governor declares an end to the state of emergency, and for some actions, for 30 days after that. 

Be sure to check this page again as it will change whenever the rules change. 

If you have questions after reading the information below relevant to your situation, contact us to ask for help.

 

 

Updated: Jul 23, 2020