As of this moment, unfortunately our State has not suspended the collection of rent, and there is no moratorium for evictions. The eviction courts are currently closed- this means that until the courts are reopened, no new evictions can be filed. *However, please note that if you do not pay rent, you will still owe your missed rental payments, and are still at risk for eviction once the courts reopen.
We recommend taking these steps:
Step 1: Call 2-1-1 or visit their website for available resources.
Step 2: Write a letter to your landlord. We have a sample letter here but feel free to make your own. The purpose is to facilitate a conversation as soon as you know you will not be able to make rent, in order to better understand how flexible your landlord is willing to be regarding rent forgiveness, partial payment or repayment plans. We recommend not signing any legal documents surrounding repayment until the VT state legislature passes through bills that are more specific to housing policy.
Step 3: Please look at our list of resources page. We highly recommend reaching out to CVOEO (The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity) Tenants Hotline at (802) 864-0099 or Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-889-2047 for further assistance regarding your rights, and available financial assistance statewide.
Step 4: Join our Tenant Solidarity Network(attach form here) to organize under your landlord. By connecting with other tenants under a shared landlord, you can create a list of goals specific to your needs, with the help of an organizing team to assist you in strategy. More information can be found here. Please feel free to look at our entire COVID-19 list of demands and calls to make to our legislature for other ways to advocate for your needs.