Write an Answer if you have received a Summons and Complaint. You don’t want to take the chance that the court will give your landlord a judgment by default because you didn’t send an Answer. Answer even if you are past the deadline. You can use our Answer form and see instructions.
File your Answer within 21 days of getting served with the Complaint. Remember that you need to send a copy to the landlord or to their attorney. Contact us if you need help with your Answer.
All non-payment of rent and no-cause eviction cases are paused until 30 days after the governor lifts the state of emergency. That means Vermont courts will not deal with these eviction cases until July 15, 2021, at the earliest.
If the Complaint says you broke the lease or violated a rule, the court could schedule the case as soon as June 16, 2021. If your landlord is claiming they need to evict you due to criminal activity, illegal drug activity, acts of violence, or other circumstances that seriously threaten the health or safety of other residents, contact us right away for advice.
Contact us for help figuring out what your options are.