Vermont Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: April 7, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Vermont month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Vermont (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Vermont Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Vermont landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Vermont a landlord may terminate a month-to-month agreement without cause.

If a tenant has resided at the dwelling unit for 2 years or less, then the landlord may provide a 60 days’ notice.

If a tenant has resided at the premises for more than 2 years, the landlord may provide a 90 days’ notice.

For shared occupancy and the rent is payable monthly, at least a 15 days’ notice.

If the tenant has resided at the premises for more than two years. 9 V.S.A. § 4467

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

In Vermont, landlords are required to provide a 60 days’ notice to the tenant for a rent increase.  9 V.S.A. § 4455

Notice must be provided in written form.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Vermont?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Vermont. The process for eviction can be completed in 4-7 months, but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Vermont, click here.