The Vermont Apartment Owners' Association, a group representing Vermont landlords, and the Vermont Tenants program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, a tenant advocacy organization, worked together to create educational materials for use by landlords and tenants in Vermont. The materials include a comprehensive guidebook, pamphlets on basic rental agreements; fair housing law; and Town Health Officer inspections, and a brief video outlining the legal eviction process. Designed for use by both landlords and tenants, these guides aim to provide information about Vermont's laws in order to ensure that each side of the rental agreement understands their rights and their responsibilities and how to address problems.
According to the Vermont Housing Needs Assessment, approximately 75,784 Vermont households rent. This page has useful information and helpful resources for both renter households and owners of rental housing.
This website outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants throughout the rental process and explains the standards that municipalities and town health officers should enforce when inspecting rental housing.
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Information for Renters
Information and application forms for rental assistance and homeownership programs including mobile home parks, administered by the Vermont State Housing Authority are available at the VSHA website. Contact your local public housing authority if you live in any of the following cities: Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield and Winooski.
Vermont Rental Housing Health Code
The State Rental Housing Health Code (pdf) is enforced by the Town Health Officer and covers rented dwellings and mobile home lots that are not in a mobile home park.
Need information on the Landlord-Tenant or Mobile Home Park laws? The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) publishes and distributes Renting in Vermont, a handbook for tenants and landlords, and the Guide to Your Rights as a Mobile Home Park Resident (pdf), call 1-800-287-7971 for a copy.
Facing a legal problem or eviction? Vermont Legal Aid helps eligible people (low income, elderly, and disabled) with legal issues in housing such as accessibility, discrimination, evictions, foreclosure, unsafe housing conditions, and subsidized housing issues. Call 1-800-889-2047 or visit Vermont Law Help for information and referral.
Concerned about lead poisoning? There's only one sure way to find out if your child has lead poisoning. Call the Vermont Department of Health at 1-800-439-8550 for information, or review the Department of Health Lead Resource Guide.
Information for Landlords
The Vermont Apartment Owners Association is a statewide trade association for Vermont Landlords. It is based out of Shelburne, Vermont and advocates for, and educates landlords to assist them with providing quality rental housing. The VAOA website includes resources for both members and non-members.
The Vermont Rental Property Owners Association meets in Rutland and has a mission "To organize and work for the purpose of advancing the needs and concerns of rental property owners and managers including but not limited to legislative enactments, building codes, and tenant relations. To be a fair and reasonable advocate voice for rental property owners in Vermont."
Repair and Renovation Loans for Landlords
Champlain Housing Trust Landlord Loans are available in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties, excluding the City of Burlington, for owner-occupied buildings up to 4 units, single family rentals, duplexes, and accessory dwelling units. Tenant income and rent limits may apply.
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont offers Renovation Loans to landlords in Rutland and Bennington Counties, and administers the Bennington Rental Rehab program for 1 to 4 unit rental properties located in the Town of Bennington.
Resources for Landlords in Burlington
Technical and financial assistance for landlords in the City of Burlington is available through the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) Rehabilitation Program Assisting Investment Rentals (RePAIR) program.
Vermont Department of Public Safety; Division of Fire Safety
Landlords need to understand their obligations under building codes administered by the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Fire Safety Division.
Vermont's lead law requires landlords who own properties built before 1978 to conduct several Essential Maintenance Practices (EMPs) to reduce the hazards of lead poisoning. Learn more at Leadsafevermont.org
If you own a home or apartment building and want to reduce the risk of lead poisoning caused by lead paint, check out VHCB's Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Program.
Landlord's Certificate and Renter Rebate forms, LC-142, PR-141
Online or contact the Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-2865 or toll-free at 1-866-828-2865