Rent Increases & Fees in Vermont

Rent Increases & Fees in Vermont

Last Updated: May 6, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Vermont, there are no rent control laws, and the state does not preempt rent control. If proper notice is given, landlords can set rent and increase it. Vermont rent increase law is primarily governed by 9 V.S.A § 4455.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases 60 Days; 90 Days (Burlington)
Max. Late Fee Actual Charges Incurred
Max. Bounced Check Fee No Statute

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Vermont?

A Vermont landlord must abide by the lease agreement. Therefore, a landlord must wait until the end of the term of the lease to increase rent. Landlords should follow the proper notice requirements when increasing rent.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Vermont?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Vermont landlord to increase rent based on the race, religion, nation of origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability status, family makeup, or gender identity of a tenant.

It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant by raising rent if the tenant complains to a governmental agency regarding a building or housing violation or becomes a member or organizes a tenant’s union.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Vermont?

Vermont does not legislate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Vermont?

A Vermont landlord must provide a minimum of 60 Days’ Notice before increasing the rent. The notice can be sent via mail or through hand delivery. (9 V.S.A. § 4455)

The landlord must give at least a 90 days’ notice for an increase in rent for rental properties in Burlington. (Code of Burlington 18-304)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Vermont?

Vermont doesn’t regulate how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Vermont

A Vermont landlord may only charge tenants for the actual charges he/she incurred due to the tenant’s rent being paid late. (Vermont Renter’s/Landlord’s Guide) Any late fee charges should be in the lease agreement.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Vermont

Vermont does not legislate how much a landlord can charge for insufficient funds. (8 V.S.A. § 10505)

Vermont Cities With Rent Control

Vermont has no legislation limiting the amount that landlords may charge for rent. The state does have legislation in place preempting rent control laws.