Rats, frozen pipes and sleepless nights: Vt. lacks enforcement of rental housing safety

A new report from Vermont Legal Aid shows tenants often struggle to resolve disputes with landlords over basic health and safety standards, and it is unclear which government officials are responsible to intervene.

News Story (Vermont)

April McCullum
Burlington Free Press
January 12, 2018

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Vermont Legal Aid (VLA)


Eight years ago, a previous study group asked Vermont lawmakers to set up a central rental housing office in state government, create a rental housing registry, and take other proactive steps to ensure safety for tenants.

“We urge the Legislature to not let this drop, but to continue incrementally with each of the Committee’s recommendations,” the study report said.

The recommendations were dropped.