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What Is a Vermont Lease Agreement?

A Vermont lease agreement is a written contract between a landlord and a tenant. Under the terms of the contract, the landlord agrees to allow the tenant to use the property for a certain amount of time listed in the lease. In exchange, the tenant agrees to pay a certain amount of money each month for the term of the lease. All Vermont lease agreements must comply with the state’s landlord-tenant laws.

The Most Commonly Used Vermont Lease Agreements

The most commonly used Vermont lease agreements are the standard annual residential lease, a month-to-month lease, a lease with an option to buy, a roommate agreement, a sublease agreement, and a commercial lease.

How to Write a Standard Vermont Lease Agreement

A standard Vermont lease agreement is the most common residential lease agreement. They’re usually good for 12 months. These agreements must have:

  • The landlord’s name and address
  • The tenant’s name and address
  • The length the lease is good for, including the date that the lease begins and the date that it ends
  • The amount of rent that the tenant must pay to the landlord each month along with the due date
  • Which utilities and services the tenant must pay
  • How much money the tenant paid as a security deposit
  • How the tenant can request repairs
  • Explaining the landlord’s right of entry
  • Explain whether subletting is allowed
  • Explain whether pets are allowed
  • List any fees (such as a late fee and when it would be assessed and an NSF fee) that may be charged
  • Explain who is responsible for snow removal
  • Any other additional conditions

The tenant and the landlord must sign and date the lease for it to be effective.

What Disclosures Must Be Made in Vermont Lease Agreements?

Under federal law, a lead based paint disclosure must be given if the residential unit was built before 1978.

The landlord must give the tenant 48 hours of notice before entering the property and may only enter the property between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.

What You Need to Know about Vermont Lease Deposits

There is no law that limits the amount that a landlord may charge as a security deposit. The landlord must return the security deposit no more than 14 days after the tenant has vacated or abandoned the property. If the residence is seasonal, the landlord has 60 days to return the deposit.

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