Vermont State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are Vermont rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

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Under Vermont law (15 Vt. Stat. Ann. § 1103(c)(2)(B)), a landlord or court may bifurcate the lease, which means that the landlord may evict the abuse, but not the victim of the domestic violence. If you are facing a domestic violence situation (including stalking) and want to move, check with local police or a battered women’s shelter regarding resources and services in your area, including how to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a court. For information and referrals to local agencies, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE. This organization’s website also includes links to state coalitions against domestic violence.  Another useful resource is WomensLaw.org, which includes extensive information on state laws relevant to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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