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A recent amendment to Vermont’s Landlord/Tenant law permits landlords to evict unauthorized subtenants in an expedited fashion.  Tenants will often sublet portions of a dwelling to subtenants in order to collect rent.  This is frequently done without the Landlord’s knowledge and consent and can result in a complicated eviction case against unknown subtenants.


Under the amended statute the Landlord can file a motion with the original eviction papers and upon hearing in 10 days notice obtain an immediate writ of possession against the subtenants upon showing that the subtenant is occupying the dwelling unit without permission and that the rental agreement prohibits subleasing.  The eviction case would then proceed against the original tenants who have signed the lease with the landlord.


When drafting a negotiating residential lease agreements, it is important for Landlords to include a provision prohibiting the assignment and/or subleasing of the unit to others.


- Herbert J. Downing


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Information Handbook for Tenants & Landlords

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Kolvoord Overton Wilson, P.C. is a general practice law firm located in Essex Junction, Vermont. The firm has provided an unparalleled level of legal representation to Northern Vermont since 1958.

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KOW represents purchasers, sellers, owners, developers, tenants, and lenders in development, construction, financing, leasing, sale and purchase of commercial and residential real property. Our real estate practice ranges from simple sales to complex development or tax deferred exchanges.



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Landlord / tenant

KOW represents landlords in all aspects of the residential eviction process including preparation and service of lease termination notices, filing eviction suits in the Superior Court, representation of landlords at rent escrow hearings, trials, and recovery of damage and back rent claims.

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