Vermont Standard Residential Lease Agreement Form

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The Vermont Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a legal document that is created between a landlord and tenant to establish a rental agreement between the two parties. This document provides all of the safeguards with less paperwork. Tenants should carefully read and agree to the contents of the document. There is a strict list of rules included in this document, so be certain you will be able to abide by all of the terms and conditions to the property, prior to signing. If this document is difficult to understand, the tenant(s) may wish to consult an attorney.

Laws – Title 9, Chapter 137 (Residential Rental Agreements)

HandbookVermont’s Renting Laws (PDF)

How To Write

Step 1 – Parties –

  • Enter the landlord’s name
  • Enter the landlord’s address
  • AND
  • Enter the tenant(s) name(s)
  • Enter the tenant(s) address
  • Enter the physical address of the premises

Step 2 – Term – Provide the following –

  • Enter the years or months of the term of the agreement
  • Provide the date in which the agreement will commence in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Provide the expiration date of the agreement

Step 3 – Rent – Enter:

  • Landlord must enter the amount of rental payment that will be due each month
  • Landlord must enter the amount of months in which rental payments should be made

Step 4 – Security Deposit – Landlord must enter

  • The amount of the Security Deposit

Step 5 – Utilities – Check the following:

  • Any of the utilities and/or services that the tenant will be responsible for

Step 6 – Titled Sections – Tenants must read and agree to the remaining sections of the agreement as follows:

  • Alterations/Repairs/Mainenance
  • Acceptance and Surrender of Premises
  • Right of Entry
  • Assignment and Subletting
  • Exterior of Premises
  • Garbage, Recycling and Cleaning
  • Signs
  • Animals/Pets
  • Rent Procedure and Schedule of Fees (landlord must complete, appropriately, this section)
  • Default
  • Accord and Satisfaction
  • Quiet Enjoyment
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Use of Terms and Governing Law
  • Entire Agreement and Amendment
  • Conditions
  • Condemnation and Destruction
  • Partial Invalidity
  • Parking and Snow Removal
  • Porches
  • Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
  • Eviction
  • Schedule of Charges that a Tenant Should Avoid but May Incur (landlord must carefully enter all fees into the appropriate fields in this section)
  • Additional Terms and Conditions (initials required for each condition – Tenant(s) must read all of these terms and conditions prior to signing)

Step 7 – Signatures –

  • Landlord’s Signature
  • Date of landlord’s signature
  • AND
  • All tenant’s signatures respective
  • Date tenant’s signatures