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, the court process for eviction, the process for suing your landlord, repairs to your home or apartment, lockouts and other illegal actions by your landlord, rent increases, whether your landlord can enter your property, guests, moving out, what happens if your landlord is going through foreclosure, security deposits, the renter rebate, or subsidized housing.
- View the Illustrated Guide to Vermont Renter’s Rights, published by CVOEO.
- Also see CVOEO’s Renting in Vermont Handbook.
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 possess 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 at Vermont Law Help.