Vermont
Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Vermont state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Vermont landlords must provide 60 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Late Rent Fees. Vermont state landlords may charge up for late payment as long as it’s written in the lease.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Vermont landlord is limited by the conditions of the lease. Generally, a landlord may not increase rent during the terms of a lease. To increase rent on a month-to-month tenant a landlord must follow the appropriate notice requirements.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

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 (Vermont Renter’s/Landlord’s Guide).

Is there a rent increase limit?

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

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A Vermont landlord is required to provide a minimum of 60-Days Notice before increasing the rent on a month-to-month tenant .

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Vermont doesn’t legislate the frequency with which rent may be increased (Vermont Statute title 9 4455).

Laws Regarding Late Fees

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). Details regarding late fees must also be included in the lease agreement for a landlord to legally charge a late fee.

It is also illegal for a Vermont landlord to increase rent in retaliation for a tenant filing a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding health and safety of the property, requesting that the landlord make repairs on a property, or joining a tenant’s group (Vermont Renter’s/Landlord’s Guide).

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

Vermont does not legislate fees charged for returned checks.

Cities in the State 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.