Rent Increases

Rent Increases, Not in Burlington
Landlords must give tenants written notice of a rent increase at least 60 days before the first day of the rental period when the increase starts. For example, when rent is due on the 1st of the month, if notice is given on June 25, the tenant must pay the rent increase starting on September 1.
There is no law regulating how high or how often the rent can be raised, other than for tenants in subsidized housing (see next paragraph regarding subsidized housing). If there is a lease for a set period, such as a year long lease, the rent cannot be raised while the lease is in effect unless the lease has a provision allowing the landlord to raise the rent with notice during the term of the lease. Even in such cases the laws would still set the minimum notice period allowed.  In Vermont state law, see: (V.S.A., TITLE 9, Chapter 137, § 4455. Tenant obligations; payment of rent. (B)

Rent Increases, In Burlington
Landlords must give at least 90 days written notice before a rent increase can come into effect.  See Burlington Code of Ordinances: (Chapter 18, Sec. 18-304. Notice to tenants.) (See note above on Accessing Burlington’s Laws On-Line)

Rent Increases with Subsidized Housing
Tenants who reside in publicly subsidized housing may not be entitled to 60 days notice with regard to an increase in their portion of the rental payment if such a change in the tenant’s rent portion results from an annual or interim re-determination of household income or changes in law or regulation covering such programs. However, if the base rent of a home is being increased the tenants would have a right to the two full rental periods notice (or 90 days in Burlington). If there is a project-wide rent increase that must be approved by a governmental agency, tenants usually have the right to comment on the rent increase and are entitled to at least 60 days notice before it becomes effective.

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