Earl Kaplan and Barry Willis

We are not asking landlords to take on undue risk

Here in Vermont, we strive to set a higher bar. Landlords need to share the risk that tenants bear.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen many landlords taking a stance against the Tenants Union of Brattleboro's (TUB) recent proposal to limit tenant move-in costs to a maximum of two month's rent (first month plus security deposit).

In a housing shortage that's only getting worse and an environment where more than half of Vermonters are rent burdened, this is an important and simple step toward making housing accessible and affordable for all people in town.

Yet we continually hear confusion from landlords about why we can't just get along and why they are perceived as “mustache-twirling villains.”

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