COVID-19 Information for Vermont
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Shelter in Place
The Shelter in Place Order in Vermont was set to expire Friday, May 15, 2020. However, on Friday, April 17, 2020, Governor Scott announced a plan for re-opening the economy in phases. Phase one began Monday, April 20, 2020. Phase one allows certain non-essential businesses to resume operations for curbside pickup and delivery.
On Friday, May 22, 2020, Governor Phil Scott announced the resumption of additional business operations, including outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, hair salons and barber shops and some additional health services.
State of Emergency
Governor Phil Scott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020.
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
No statewide emergency rental assistance for Vermont.
Under Vermont Code § 2461d, it is unlawful to charge unconscionable high prices for petroleum and gas products during a market emergency declaration. Rental housing and shelter are not indicated as covered under the protections of this statute.