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Document Last Modified: 6/14/2021
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This lease agreement includes every rule and term that is required by the Landlord Tenant laws of Vermont. The landlord or property manager creating this document is guided in the proper application of Vermont rules by the green-shaded, Vermont Assist instruction boxes. For example, as the section on rental repairs is completed, a Vermont Assist explains that landlords are responsible for all repairs, unless tenants or their guests caused the damage.
Each section of the seven-step lease Builder Wizard is completed through a combination of selecting from options, and entering your own text in fields. There is abundant default text that has been written by our attorneys, and is designed to minimize the landlord’s risk in the event of litigation. There also are multiple opportunities to customize lease sections with your own language and terms.
There is no limit on the number of optional addenda that may be included with the basic lease contract. Addenda speak to many common leasing issues, such as special arrangements for rent payments, fees that may be imposed if a tenant moves out before the lease expires, and many more. This legal contract may be executed online, or printed and signed manually.
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Vermont State Laws
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Termination of Tenancy for “No Cause” Under Terms of a WRITTEN AGREEMENT
For all of Vermont, including Burlington: If there is a written rental agreement, it may provide that the landlord or the tenant may terminate the tenancy for no cause or for any reason on which the parties agree.
NOTE: Such a written provision may reduce the notice period required for a no-cause termination to less than 60 days, but, under no circumstances may the written agreement allow the landlord to give a tenant less than thirty (30) days notice of termination for no cause if rent is payable monthly, or seven (7) days if payable weekly.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TENANTS WHO RESIDE IN RENTAL OVER 2 YEARS:
If a tenant has resided continuously in the same premises for more than two years, and rents by the month, the lease may not reduce the amount of notice time the tenant has for a no-cause termination to less than sixty (60) days.
VERBAL or PERIODIC AGREEMENTS:
For No Cause (only for a month-to-month or week-to-week tenancy) - 60 day written notice if renting monthly, or 21 days if renting weekly. 90 day written notice if the tenant has resided in the premises continuously for over two years and rents monthly.
BURLINGTON RESIDENCIES ONLY:
Termination for “No Cause” In Burlington: In Burlington, if there is no written rental agreement, a tenancy cannot be terminated for no cause without ninety (90) days notice if the tenancy has lasted for under two years or one hundred twenty (120) days if the tenancy has lasted over two years. In Burlington, if there is a written rental agreement, a notice for termination for no cause would simply have to follow the state law for termination for no cause under terms of a written rental agreement.
In Vermont the definition of a security deposit is any advance, deposit or prepaid rent, however named, which is refundable to the tenant at the termination or expiration of the tenancy. The function of a security deposit is to secure the performance of a tenant's obligations to pay rent and to maintain a dwelling unit.
There is no specification within the Commerce and Trade Chapter of the Vermont Statutes in the section titled “Residential Rental Agreements” determining any limitation on the amount that can be charged or whether a landlord is required to pay interest.
Some jurisdictions such as Burlington and Barre limit the amount of the security deposit to an amount equal to 1 month and do require interest to be paid on the security deposit.
Please Note: Landlords should check with their local authorities for the requirements of their location.
Returned Payment Fee
Under Chapter 57, § 2311 of the Vermont Commerce and Trade Code, in an action against an individual who issues a bad check, the receiver of that check may recover from the maker court costs, costs of service, the amount of the check, bank fees, and interest. The holder is also entitled to attorney's fees and damages in the sum of $50.00.
Very Important: A written notice of dishonor must be given to the maker of the bad check by both certified mail and by first class mail, addressed to the maker at the address as it appears on the check or at the last known address.
|Additional amounts assessed as liquidated damages in the event of a late rental payment, are unenforceable.|
|Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance, and could make the failure to do so a breach of the lease.|
Addenda & Disclosures
|If the leased premises was constructed prior to 1978, the landlord must provide all tenants with the Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and the Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.|
Notice to Enter
|Landlords must provide at least 48 hours' notice to enter leased premises for non-emergencies.|
Burlington VT: Owners of all rental units in Burlington Vermont are subject to inspection.
The landlord will be required to annually file a registration application and fee with the enforcement agency, which shall be due annually on or before April 1st. The owners must complete a rental property information form to be provided by the enforcement agency. For further information contact the Burlington, Vermont zoning office.
The landlord is responsible for all repairs to the leased premises unless the tenant or the tenant's guest caused the damage. A lease provision that requires the tenant to be responsible for normal repairs is invalid.
Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections, registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
Vermont Forms & DocumentsVermont Landlord Tenant Information Pamphlet
Vermont Landlord Certificate - LC 142
Vermont-Barre Chapter 7 Housing Ordinance
Vermont Termination of Tenancy (Illegal Activity)
Vermont Termination of Tenancy for Non-Payment of Rent
Vermont 30 Day Termination of Tenancy (Breach of Lease)
Vermont Lease FeaturesLease agreement text that is attorney-approved and compliant with state laws
State Assist instructions on entering terms in the form fields
Dozens of optional clauses to attach as-is or after customizing
Options to add your own clauses
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Vermont Lease Package DocumentsThese supplemental documents, along with many more, can easily be added and edited:
- Rent to Own Agreement
- Pet Addendum
- Biweekly Payment Plan
- Hot Tub Notice and Use
- Lease Cosigner Agreement
- Satellite Dish Installation Policy
- Fireplace and Wood/Pellet Stoves
Rules and Regulations
Along with dozens of rules already included in the lease you will find these optional rules:
- Tenant may not sublet premises.
- Carbon monoxide detectors must be maintained with batteries replaced regularly.
- Tenant will be fined for late payment and held responsible for any accrued fees.
- The use of kerosene heaters is prohibited.
- Stove, oven and range not used as heating
- Tenant responsible for removing snow, ice from stairs and walkways.
- Landlord does not permit loud gatherings.
- Tenant may not store/park RV, commercial vehicle, or watercraft on rental property.
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