Evictions in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis

Updated 5/13/2022

News: Housing, rent, rent help and the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis

Rent help: Do you need help paying rent or past-due rent? Do you need money to move or help paying utilities? Learn how to apply for VERAP, a new rent and utilities assistance program. Keep in mind: If you are being evicted and you apply for VERAP, you must still follow the court process and participate in any hearings until the landlord decides to stop the eviction. Contact us to ask for help.

It’s important to know that you cannot be evicted from your home without a court process.

Contact us for help now

Don’t wait for a court date or a Writ of Possession. Contact us now to see if we can help you avoid eviction. Vermont courts are scheduling eviction hearings. We can give you advice and refer you to some financial help to try to keep you in your rental unit.

Vermont Veterans facing eviction or foreclosure can contact the Safely Home project for advice and help.

Learn more about the eviction process in Vermont.

The CARES Act moratorium

This moratorium only applies to landlords who have a federally backed mortgage with a "forbearance" (which means their mortgage payments are postponed). During the period when the landlord is receiving forbearance, the landlord:

  • cannot start an eviction solely for non-payment of rent or other fees or charges
  • cannot charge any late fees or penalties for late payments of rent, or
  • cannot give a tenant a 30-day notice to vacate for any reason

Federally backed mortgages are those financed or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USDA Rural Housing Service (USDA), RHD, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran’s Administration (VA).

Updated: May 13, 2022