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). The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020. 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.
Money to Move Program offers first and last month's rent and security deposit if you have found a new landlord to rent to you
If you have found a landlord with a rental unit to move into, you may also be eligible to get help from the Rental Housing Stabilization Program’s Money to Move Program. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020. The program can cover the money needed to move in (for example: first, last and security deposit). You and the landlord need to apply together. Learn more about this help on our website.
Free mediation available for landlords and tenants
Sometimes issues other than money get in the way of landlord/tenant relationships — especially when things can't be resolved in court. Vermont Legal Aid and Vermont Landlord Association have set up a free mediation program to help address these problems. During “mediation,” a neutral third person called a “mediator” helps people discuss and try to resolve disputes. Mediators are available to help landlords and tenants solve issues and keep Vermonters in their rental units. Apply by early December for this temporary, free program.
Video: Virtual Town Hall about eviction, rent assistance and mortgage assistance. Watch it on Facebook. On September 24, Vermont Legal Aid attorney Jean Murray talked about the Vermont eviction moratorium compared to the CDC’s moratorium, the funding available for tenants for help with back rent and moving to a new rental unit, and the funding available for homeowners for mortgage and property tax help.
Eviction is the legal process of forcing a tenant to move out of a rental unit. You cannot be evicted until the entire process is over and you have been delivered a court order.
Your landlord cannot file a court case against you until your landlord has given proper written notice that your tenancy is terminated. In order to be evicted, your landlord must have legal grounds to evict you. See our Notice to Terminate Tenancy page for details.
Your landlord must follow the proper legal steps. See our page about the Court Process: Steps in an Eviction Case.
Do you rent in a mobile home park? If so, see our page about Mobile Home Park Evictions.
Important things to remember about evictions
- You have rights. They include the right to raise defenses to the eviction and the right to have the landlord follow the proper legal steps.
- To keep your rights, you have to make a written response to just about every court paper you get from the landlord or the landlord's lawyer.
- Everything that requires a written answer or response has a deadline. It can be as short as five days or as long as 30 days. Do not wait to ask for help.
- The worst thing you can do is ignore court papers. It is far easier to prevent an eviction and to hold on to your right to tell your side of the story if you deal with it and call for help immediately.
- Read our pages about the Notice to Terminate Tenancy and the Court Process: Steps in an Eviction Case.
- Evictions and legal rights can be hard to understand. Ask for legal advice for the eviction process.
- If you get written notice that your landlord wants you to move out, you can contact us for quick legal advice. If you get a Summons and Complaint for eviction, contact us right away for legal help. Fill out our form and we will call you back or call us at 1-800-889-2047.