Burlington passes ‘Just Cause Eviction’ charter change resolution

(Rosemond Crown)
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 12:43 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2020 at 4:07 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Burlington City Council has approved a charter change that seeks to give tenants more rights and protections from being evicted.

Council voted 10-2 on Monday to pass the “Just Cause Eviction” charter change resolution to put a question on the March ballot about whether the city should adopt a “Just Cause Eviction” law.

It would prohibit landlords from evicting their renters without “just cause.”

That means a landlord would have to prove a tenant breached their written rental agreement, violated state statute or failed to pay rent.

Burlington residents will get a chance to weigh in during public hearings in January before the item is officially put on the March ballot to be voted on by the voters on Town Meeting Day.

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