Housing Discrimination Does Happen in Vermont
Here are some real examples of housing discrimination that happened in Vermont:
- A multi-racial woman rented an apartment. A neighbor who lived in the same building as the woman kept calling the woman racist names. Then the neighbor threatened to kill the woman. The woman asked her landlord to do something to stop the neighbor's racist behavior. The landlord talked to the neighbor but didn't do anything else to stop the neighbor. The neighbor kept racially harassing the woman.
The neighbor discriminated against the woman by harassing and threatening her because of her race. The landlord discriminated against the woman by not evicting the neighbor.
- A man who used a wheelchair bought a condominium. He installed a chair lift so that he could get to his second floor condo. The condominium association said he had to remove the chair lift because it went against condo rules. The owner explained that he couldn't physically get to his condo without the chair lift. The condominium association told him he had to remove the chair lift anyway.
The condo association discriminated against the man by not allowing the man to pay for and install a chair lift that the man needed.
- A Vietnamese woman rented an apartment. Her landlord told her to stop cooking fish because the other tenants didn't like how her cooking smelled.
The landlord discriminated against the woman by telling her not to cook Vietnamese food.
- A woman's husband beat her. The woman got a restraining order. The order said that the husband had to move out of the apartment and stay away from his wife. The woman told her landlord what happened. The woman's landlord blamed the woman. 72 hours later the landlord started an eviction against the woman.
The landlord discriminated against the woman by blaming the woman for her husband's violence and by starting an eviction against her.
Did someone discriminate against you in housing?
Call Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-889-2047 to talk to someone who works in our Housing Discrimination Law Project. Our services are free.
Read our Vermont housing discrimination reports, here.