Vermont state law (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9 § 4465) prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants.
It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant in Vermont who has exercised a legal right, including:
The kinds of retaliatory acts covered by Vermont law include terminating a tenancy or filing an eviction lawsuit; increasing the rent; or decreasing services, such as locking the laundry room. Vermont state law presumes retaliation only when a landlord terminates for reasons other than rent nonpayment, after a tenant has filed complaint with a governmental entity alleging noncompliance with health or safety regulations..
For advice on how to respond to—and prove—retaliation, see the article Landlord Retaliation.
For an overview of tenant rights under Vermont landlord-tenant law, and resources for filing complaints, see https://www.cvoeo.org/fileLibrary/file_99.pdf.
For state law on landlord retaliation, see Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9 §â