Know Your Rights

VT Legal Help
(A complete, easy to navigate, breakdown of VT housing law)

VT Tenants Pamphlet:
(An easy to digest, but comprehensive summary of Vermont tenant law)

VT Rental Law:
(The law as writ)

VT Tenants Know Your Rights Illustrated Guide
(Fun comic book illustrating tenant rights in VT)

How to Organize your building

HERE is a link to TUB's literature on how to form a tenants association!

If you need help reaching out to your neighbors, you might find a useful template letter here to help you start the conversation!

Legal & COmmunity Aid

VT Legal Help
Phone: 1-800-889-2047
Housing Rights/Law:
Contact for Legal Help:
COVID Legal and Benefits Updates:

VT Tenants
Tenant Hotline:
(802) 864-0099
CVOEO Website

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)
Phone: (802) 722-4575
toll free: (800) 464-9951

Who to call to file a housing complaint

Landlord refusing to make repairs? Call one of these numbers:

Brattleboro Municipal Code Enforcement Office: (802) 254-4831

Brattleboro Health Department Office: (888) 253-8805

Research: housing studies, history, organizing

2020 Out Of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
report by The National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2020
A data driven study detailing income and rent disparities naionally and state by state.
To jump to Vermont-specific details, see: Vermont State Data Overview and 2020 Out Of Reach Vermont Summary

The Vermont Housing Needs Assessment: 2020-2024
published in February 2020 by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
A state study including helpful charts and graphs about state and county demographics, housing stock, cost burden, and more.

Housing Organizing for the Long Haul: Building on Experience
by Larry Lamar Yates, 2002
A history of housing activism in the U.S. since the 1930s.

The Tenants Union of Brattleboro does NOT provide legal advice or offer legal services. Our materials are written and/or compiled by volunteer tenants rights advocates, not lawyers.