Money for Past-Due Rent in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Video: On July 16, 2020, Vermont Legal Aid Attorney Jean Murray talked about the new financial help renters can get to pay past-due rent. She discussed how it works and how you can apply. Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube.


Updated 7/27/2020 12:30 p.m.

Rental Housing Stabilization Program offers help with past-due rent

If you need help paying your rent and you have a very low income, call 211. Otherwise, contact your landlord and apply together for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program.

For help with past-due rent, Vermonters should apply for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program through the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA). VSHA is accepting applications from landlords and tenants, and paying landlords directly to bring the tenant’s rent account current.

The program pays up to the VSHA payment standards. If the landlord wants payment, the landlord must agree to waive rent amounts in excess of the payment standard for all the months paid for. 

When the landlord accepts the money they have to promise to: 

  • drop any eviction 
  • not start a new eviction for the same number of months (up to six months) in the future as the money pays for
  • not raise the rent before January 1, 2021, or the end of your lease term — whichever is later, and 
  • make sure the unit is up to code in 30 days.

Important: VSHA has to have applications from both the landlord and the tenant. You should talk to your landlord and agree on the amount you owe. Make sure that amount is on both applications.

Apply for this rent help on the VSHA website

If you need help with your landlord, an eviction, or applying for the rent help, contact us at Vermont Legal Aid.

I don’t have an affordable rental. Can I get money to move in to a new unit? 

The Rental Housing Stabilization Program through VSHA can cover the money required to move in to a new unit (for example: first, last and security deposit) before the end of the year. If you have a very low income, you may ask for your rent through December 30, 2020.

To qualify, your new landlord must certify that: 

  • you can have the unit
  • you won’t be evicted for the same number of months in the future as the money pays for
  • they will not raise the rent before January 2020 or the end of your lease term — whichever is later, and
  • make sure the unit is up to code in 30 days.

Apply for this rent help on the VSHA website.

If you need help with your landlord, an eviction, or applying for the rent help, contact us at Vermont Legal Aid.

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Updated: Aug 03, 2020