Vermont Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: December 12, 2023 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Vermont month-to-month rental agreement is a contract (not necessarily in writing) which allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, for one month at a time, in exchange for a fee (“rent”). The rental renews monthly, until either party gives proper notice to end it.

For information about fixed-term leases in Vermont (i.e., a term of one year or more), click here.

Basics of a Vermont Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

In Vermont, a landlord and tenant create a month-to-month lease by agreeing to rent a property according to acceptable terms. Written rental agreements are clearer and legally stronger, but oral leases are legal in a month-to-month context.

Parties under a month-to-month lease enjoy full rights under Vermont landlord-tenant law. The tenant must use the property in a responsible way and pay rent on time. The landlord must keep essential features of the property in habitable condition, and protect the tenant’s quiet enjoyment of the lease.

The main difference between a month-to-month lease and a fixed-term lease is that month-to-month leases can be terminated (with proper notice) by either party for any reason without penalty. Landlords also can usually modify terms from one month to the next, again with proper notice.

Required Disclosures for Month-to-Month Rentals in Vermont

Vermont landlords may not rent a property out without making the following disclosures to a potential tenant, as relevant:

The state page for fixed-term leases may have more detailed information on required disclosures.

Required Notice To End a Month-to-Month Rental in Vermont

Vermont lets both the landlord or tenant terminate a month-to-month lease with at least the following amounts of advance notice, depending on details:

  • 90 days when a tenant has resided on the property for over two years
  • 60 days when a tenant has resided on the property for under two years
  • 15 days for shared occupancies with monthly payable rent

In general, any reason that isn’t landlord retaliation is a legal and valid grounds for ending a month-to-month lease.

Vermont requires written notice to end a month-to-month lease.

Required Notice To Raise the Rent on a Vermont Month-to-Month Lease

Vermont requires at least 60 days of advance notice before a rental increase, delivered in writing.

Eviction in Vermont Month-to-Month Rentals

Vermont tenants may face eviction for violating a month-to-month lease or remaining on the property after the notice period allowed by a valid termination. Evictions in Vermont typically take four to seven months.

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