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.
Video: Translated materials about rental assistance.
This section of our website 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, protections for victims of crime, 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.