Vermont Landlord Retaliation Laws

Vermont Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: August 16, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t
  • Legal Complaints to Landlord
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Changing Terms of Rental Agreement
  • Filing/Threatening Eviction or Lawsuit
Penalties for Retaliation
  • Attempted Evictions Fail
  • Recover Monetary Damages
  • Recover Attorney Fees

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Vermont?

It’s illegal for Vermont landlords to retaliate by changing the terms of the rental agreement or threatening an eviction or other lawsuit against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the landlord or government about failure to safely maintain the property.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

If the property is found violating a health or safety law and the landlord tries to terminate the rental agreement within 90 days of getting government notice about the violation, there’s a presumption the landlord is retaliating. In such a case, the landlord must prove the intention was not retaliatory.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Vermont?

Vermont tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing for damages and reasonable attorney fees. If a court finds the landlord retaliated, any attempted eviction will also fail.