Vermont Eviction Laws

If a residential landlord wants to evict a tenant from a rental property in Vermont they must adhere to the Vermont eviction process. Tenants may be evicted for the reasons below but landlords must first serve a written notice to vacate:

  • Not paying the rent
  • Violating of a material provision in the rental agreement
  • Expiration of the rental term
  • The tenant is engaged in criminal activity or has become a chronic nuisance

14-Day Eviction Notice to Quit

The landlord must serve a Notice To Quit or Notice of Termination of Tenancy that states that the lease will expire 14-days from receipt of the notice. The landlord may serve the written notice personally and if the tenant is absent, the notice can be mailed to the tenant’s last-known address by certified or first class mail. The notice also must state that if the tenant has rectified the violation within the 14 days, the lease can remain in force.

30-Day Eviction Notice to Quit

For any other violation of some other provision of the lease, such as failing to keep the unit in a clean condition or significantly damaging the property, then a 30-day notice is given to the tenant. This notice may be either hand-delivered by the landlord or mailed. It must also state that the tenant has 30-days from receipt of the notice to vacate or rectify the violation. It must also state the reason for eviction and if it can be cured.

60 or 90-Day Eviction Notice to Quit

In case of no written lease or expiration of the lease term, the landlord must give the tenant a 60-day notice to vacate from the date of the notice’s receipt if the tenant has lived on the property for 2-years or less. The notice must be for 90-days if the tenant has resided in the unit for more than 2-years.

Exceptions:

  • In Burlington, the notice requirement is 120-days if the lease has been for more than 2-years, and 90-days if 2 years or less.
  • Weekly tenants should be given 21-days to vacate. In all of these cases, the landlord need not give any reason for the eviction.

For more information about Vermont eviction law please visit:

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullchapter.cfm?Title=09&Chapter=137

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