Vermont Rental Agreement

Last Updated: August 4, 2022

The Vermont rental agreements are real estate contracts written between a landlord and a tenant seeking to use a property in exchange for regular payments (“rent”). Terms and conditions must meet Vermont’s landlord-tenant law and cannot supersede Vermont’s state laws.

Vermont Rental Agreement Types

10 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The Vermont residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is used to formalize an agreement between a landlord and tenant to lease residential property in exchange for a fee (”rent”).

8 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

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.

4 pages
Rental Application Form

The Vermont rental application form is a document that landlords send out to a prospective tenant to determine whether they are eligible to rent the property.

7 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The Vermont sublease agreement is a contract that allows a tenant of a rental (“sublessor”) to rent, or sublet, all or part of the property to a new tenant (“sublessee”).

9 pages
Roommate Agreement

The Vermont roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between multiple tenants sharing the same rental property (“co-tenants”).

8 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The Vermont commercial lease agreement is a rental agreement between a business entity and the owner or landlord of commercial space.

Vermont Required Lease Disclosures

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – To protect the landlord from legal damages resulting from exposure, any Vermont rental unit built before 1978 must include a lead-based paint disclosure and EPA-approved pamphlet with notice of any existing lead paint hazards.

To learn more about required disclosures in Vermont, click here.

Vermont Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – Vermont requires its landlords to provide tenants with numerous amenities, including running water, plumbing, garbage receptacles, and more. Upon request, a Vermont landlord must make repairs within 30 days. At that point, an effected tenant may withhold rent (if it’s a serious habitability issue) or tenants may use the repair and deduct method.
  • Evictions – Vermont landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons including, but not limited to failure to pay rent, a violation of a leasing term, or committing an illegal act. Landlords must provide tenants with prior notice to pay or quit, depending on the type of eviction. As such, most Vermont evictions take a few weeks to a several months or more to complete.
  • Security Deposits – Vermont landlords are free to charge as much as they want for security deposits due to a lack of statewide limit. However, any remaining funds held as a security deposit must be returned within 14 days of a lease’s conclusion.
  • Lease Termination – Vermont law allows month-to-month leases to be terminated once the tenant issues a 30-day notice of their intent to terminate. Similarly, a notice of intent to terminate a fixed-term lease may be honored by a Vermont landlord if it is accompanied by proof of one of the following: landlord harassment, unit uninhabitability, domestic violence or active military duty.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – Vermont law currently allows landlords to raise rent as much and as often as they’d like. However, those same laws require 60 days of notice to be issued before an increase goes into effect (or more for certain cities). For late fees, a Vermont landlord may only charge tenants for the actual charges they incurred due to the tenant’s rent being paid late.
  • Landlord Entry – Vermont landlords may only enter a tenant’s unit between 9 AM and 9 PM. Also, they must always provide at least 48 hours of advance notice prior to that entry. These standards do not apply in emergency situations.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Vermont’s small claims courts are fairly limited when it comes to resolving landlord-tenant disputes. In fact, these courts don’t accept eviction cases. What’s more, they only accept cases valued at up to $5,000.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Vermont, click here.