When your landlord is required to give you the Landlord’s Certificate depends on how many rental units are in your building:
- If your apartment or house has more than one rented unit in it, your landlord must give you your Landlord Certificate by January 31.
- If your landlord rents out only one unit (your apartment or house), then your landlord must give you your Landlord’s Certificate within a reasonable amount of time after you ask for it. A “reasonable amount of time” usually means within about a week.
The state may fine landlords for each Landlord Certificate they don’t provide.
What if I move before December 31?
Your landlord must give you your Landlord’s Certificate when you leave or mail the certificate to your new address or to the last address your landlord has for you.
My landlord didn’t give me a Landlord’s Certificate. What can I do?
If your landlord did not give you a Landlord’s Certificate, ask him or her to give you the Vermont Tax Department Landlord’s Certificate: Form LC-142. Your landlord is required to give it to you.
If you asked, but your landlord still won't give you the Landlord’s Certificate, call the Vermont Department of Taxes toll-free at 1-866-828-2865. Tell them your landlord won’t give you the Landlord’s Certificate for the Renter Rebate.
The Vermont Tax Department could fine your landlord $200 if he or she refuses to give you your Landlord’s Certificate or gives you a certificate with the wrong information on it.
My landlord gave me the Landlord’s Certificate, but it’s wrong. What can I do?
If the Landlord’s Certificate has the wrong amount of rent or other wrong information, ask your landlord to explain what the form means. You might just not understand what the form is asking for.
If it’s not a mistake or misunderstanding, call the Vermont Department of Taxes toll-free at 1-866-828-2865. Tell them that the information your landlord put on the Landlord’s Certificate is wrong. Ask them to help you get your landlord to correct it.