This section has information for Vermonters who rent their home or apartment from a landlord. A person who rents their home is called a tenant.
See the menu of links for information about the law on renting in Vermont, what you should ask and know before you rent, getting a termination notice, evictions and the court process for eviction. You can read about the process for suing your landlord and getting repairs to your home or apartment.
You can also learn about lockouts and other illegal actions by your landlord, rent increases, when your landlord can enter your rental unit, guests and roommates and moving out. Read about what happens if your landlord is going through foreclosure, security deposits, the renter rebate and subsidized housing.
- View the Illustrated Guide to Vermont Renter’s Rights, published by CVOEO.
A Note About Marijuana and Renting
A new Vermont law that took effect on July 1, 2018, legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and two mature and four immature plants. If you are a renter, or if you have a rental subsidy from a housing authority, or if you have some other form of federally assisted rental subsidy, be careful. Your lease and program rules may still make it a violation of the rules for you to have marijuana or marijuana plants in your rental unit. Your lease may also ban smoking, including smoking marijuana.
The new Vermont law does not change the terms of your lease. The new law does not change the program rules for tenants with federal rental assistance. If you are unsure, check your lease or program rules or talk to your landlord or housing authority. You can also contact us for help. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont.