Vermonts Residential Rental Agreements Act (RRAA) calls all agreements between landlords and tenants regarding tenants living in rental housing, “rental contracts.” 9 V.S.A. No 4451 (8). The lease must not be written. You and the owner have all the rights and obligations in the law, even if there is no written agreement. 9 V.S.A. 4453. If you or the owner wishes to change a clause or condition in your lease, you can ask each other to consent. You or the owner cannot change the rights and obligations in the RRAA, but other parts of the leases may be changed. If the lease is written, the changes must be made in writing. It depends on what the written agreement says.

If it gives the data and doesn`t care what happens when it expires, the written agreement ends, but not the lease. If you move in with the agreement of an owner, the landlord must send notice, even if a written lease expires. In other words, the expiry of the contract is not sufficient to terminate a lease. A Vermont law, which came into effect on July 1, 2018, legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature and four immature plants. If you are a tenant, have a rent subsidy from a housing authority, or have some other form of federally supported rental subsidies, be careful. Your leasing and program rules can still make it a violation of the rules for you to have marijuana or marijuana plants in your rental unit. Your lease may also prohibit smoking, including smoking marijuana. Basic Rental Agreement or Residential Lease is a generic model that is suitable for all states. However, there is a need to review and include in the agreement additional provisions or applicable national laws. Your local district court will issue copies of the safety, health and housing laws for clarity. This four-page lease form contains 32 articles that include the terms of the lease.

Please refer carefully before signing, as this instrument is legally binding on all signatory parties, although it is not necessary to obtain a notary certificate of signatures. The lessor must provide the tenant with the disclosure of lead colours as well as the EPA brochure and obtain recognition of all real estate built on the day or before 1978. Please note that it takes 30 days for the early termination of the lease. The RRAA protects you and requires you to do certain things (or don`t do them). It also protects homeowners and asks them to do certain things (or not do so). The law is the same if you have a written or oral rental agreement. 9 V.S.A. 4453. You or the landlord may want to terminate the lease if one of you wants a change and the other does not. If your lease is not valid for a specified period of time, one of you may terminate in advance to terminate the lease. 9 V.S.A.

No 4456 (d), 9 V.S.A. 4467 (c) (e). Leases may apply for a fixed term in the lease. For example, the agreement could be six months or one year. During this period, all conditions (including rent) of the lease remain the same. Or a lease can be “month after month.” This means that the term of the lease or the amount of rent can be changed as long as you receive the notification requested by the RRAA. Because the RRAA establishes many rights and obligations of tenants and landlords and that written leases cannot change anything in the RRAA, a written lease tends to have more benefits for landlords than for tenants. The RRAA requires that the obligations and rights of landlords and tenants be included in the law (part of) all leases.

What are the conditions in all leases? See this list of tenants` and landlords` rights and obligations. For more information on these rights and obligations, please visit our “Declared Rights and Obligations” page.