Fair Housing Project | Any Exemptions to the Law?

The Vermont housing discrimination law does not apply to the following situations:

  • Houses with three or fewer apartments, but only if the owner or a member of the owner's immediate family lives in one of the apartments.
  • Rental units which would be too small for the family desiring to live there, based on applicable occupancy standards.
  • Rental units for the elderly which discriminate against families with children, if the housing is occupied only by people over 62 years of age, or if at least one person over the age of 55 resides in each rental unit and the housing complex either provides significant facilities and services or important housing opportunities for the elderly.
  • Refusal to rent to a tenant under the age of 18.
  • Religious preference given to tenants of the same religion as that of the religious association which provides or rents rooms for no profit.

Advertisments for housing or statements made about housing by those renting-out or selling housing is not subject to exemptions except in a few very special circumstances.

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