Rental Housing Advisory Board
January 2019 Recommendations
As per the charge laid out in Act 188 of 2018, the Rental Housing Advisory Board has produced and submitted to the General Assembly a report of findings to date and recommendations to move towards an improved system ensuring the safety of Vermont's rental housing units. You can read the report here: January 2019 Recommendations
For more information on the Rental Housing Advisory Board and the process for producing this report, see below.
Act 48 of 2019
In the spring of 2019, Governor Scott signed into law Act 48. Many of the recommendations from the Rental Housing Advisory Board's January 2019 report were incorporated into Section 5 of Act 48. This included directing the Department of Health and Division of Fire Safety to collaborate with the Rental Housing Advisory Board to present to the legislature in 2020 several options for creating and funding a professionalized, statewide system of inspection and enforcment of existing rental housing health codes. The Advisory Board will continue to work with stakeholders over the summer and fall of 2019 in pursuit of this goal.
Charge of the Board
The Rental Housing Advisory Board was created in 2018 by Act 188 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety. The 11-member Board includes representation from Landlords, Tenants, Municipalities, and members of the public and receives staffing support from the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Board is to act as an advisory group to the Governor, General Assembly, the Vermont Housing Council, and appropriate State agencies on issues related to rental housing statutes, policies, and regulations.
In addition to this ongoing advisory role, on January 15, 2019 the Board submitted to the General Assembly a report containing recommended changes to better support decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing. You can find a copy of that report linked above.
In 2019 legislation was passed directing the rental Housing Advisory Baord to collaborate with staff from the Department of Health and Division of Fire Safety to submit proposals to the General Assembly to implement a professionalized code enforcement system.
The Act 188 Rental Housing Advisory Board conducted monthly meetings from July 2018 through November 2018 to craft the recommendations called for in Act 188. As directed in Act 48 of 2019, the Board will continue to convene and collaborate with state agency partners to draft and submit recommendations for a statewide enforcement system for rental housing health codes. Meetings of the Board are open to public observation and include a period for public comment. If you are interested in attending a meeting of the Advisory Board, please contact Shaun Gilpin - contact info listed below.
Calvin Coolidge Conference Room
One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
December 17, 2019
The following materials have been provided to Advisory Board members to inform the January 2019 recommendations.
- Rental Housing Advisory Board Members (July 27, 2018)
- Act 188 of 2018
- Town Health Officer Manual - Dept. of Health
- Town Health Officer Training Presentation Slides - Dept. of Health
- Act 176 (2008) Rental Housing Safety Committee Report
- Department of Public Safety - Hazard Index
- Rental Housing Health Code
- Rental Codes website
- Statutes and Regulations affecting housing
- Rental Housing Stock ACS 2016
- "Renter's At Risk" - Vermont Legal Aid
- Act 188 - Rental Housing Advisory Board Presentation
Meeting Materials and Progress Reports
Materials provided to the Advisory Board prior to meetings will be posted below. Resulting meeting minutes are expected to be posted within five business days of the meeting date.