The Vermont Statutes Online
Commerce and Trade
DISCRIMINATION; PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS; RENTAL AND SALE OF REAL ESTATE
4504. Rental of housing; exemptions
of section 4503 of this title relating to the rental of a dwelling shall not
(1) If the
dwelling unit is inadequate, under applicable laws and ordinances relating to
occupancy, to house all persons who intend to live there.
(2) If the
dwelling unit is in a building with three or fewer units and the owner or a
member of the owner's immediate family resides in one of the units, provided
any notice, statement, or advertisement with respect to the unit complies with
subdivision 4503(a)(3) of this title.
(3) To the
refusal to rent to a person because the person is under the age of majority.
(4) To limit a
landlord's right to establish and enforce legitimate business practices
necessary to protect and manage the rental property, such as the use of
references. However, this subdivision shall not be used as a pretext for
discrimination in violation of this section.
(5) To a
religious organization, association, or society, or any nonprofit institution or
organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a
religious organization, association, or society, which limits the sale, rental,
or occupancy of dwellings which it owns or operates for other than a commercial
purpose to persons of the same religion, or from giving preference to such
persons, unless membership in that religion is restricted on the basis of race,
color, or national origin. The religious restriction or preference must be
stated in written policies and procedures of the religious organization,
association, or society. (Added 1987, No. 74, § 1; amended 1987, No. 253 (Adj.
Sess.), § 3; 1989, No. 89, § 3; 2013, No. 50, § E.236.)