Vermont Rental Lease Agreements

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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.

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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”). Once the agreement is signed, the document becomes legally binding for both parties. Create an official Vermont standard residential lease agreement (see above), download…

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Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The Vermont month-to-month rental agreement documents the terms for the renting of property and details the monthly rent, property description, and tenant’s responsibilities. This document enables either party (tenant or landlord) to alter or terminate the rental agreement on a monthly basis. A standard lease can be very beneficial, especially when considering…

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Rental Application Form

The Vermont rental application form can help a landlord find valuable information about potential tenants. Background information such as criminal and credit history can help a landlord choose which tenant to rent or lease a property to. The tenant usually has to pay a small fee to submit the application. Applicable Law…

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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”). The sublessee makes regular payments to relieve all (or a portion) of the sublessor’s obligation under the original lease. A Vermont sublease…

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Roommate Agreement

The Vermont roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between multiple tenants sharing the same rental property (“co-tenants”). This document describes each co-tenant’s financial obligations, social responsibilities, and any rules associated with the shared space. All co-tenants must sign this contract in accordance with Vermont state law. A Vermont room rental…

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Commercial Lease Agreement

The Vermont commercial lease agreement is a rental agreement between a business entity and the owner or landlord of commercial space. This contract outlines the use of the office, retail, or industrial space and the terms and conditions associated with renting it. Vermont Commercial Landlord/ Tenant Law Tenants must comply with any…

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, in-unit heating, plumbing, garbage receptacles, and more. Upon request, a Vermont landlord must repair any essential amenity within 30 days. At that point, an effected tenant may withhold rent until the repair is made.
  • Evictions – A Vermont landlord may evict a tenant for violating a lease term (30-day notice), failing to pay rent (30-day notice), or committing an applicable crime (14-day notice). As such, most Vermont evictions take at least two weeks to a month 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 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, 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. As for fees, Vermont allows landlords to charge most any kind that they wish as long as the amount is a “realistic compensation” for the landlord’s services.
  • 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 generally apply in emergency situations, however.
  • 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.