Finding Common Ground Handbook

Informational handbook for tenants and landlords.



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Rental Housing Health Code

Vermont rental housing health codes and regulations.


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Fire Safety Code Information Sheets

The purpose of the Code Information Sheets and the Fire Safety sheets are to provide information and guidelines about the requirements of the codes. 

While the Department relies on a consistent set of standards and adopts national codes, there are many different classifications within these codes as well as many unique situations. Specific questions should be directed to your local DFS regional office.


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Comittee on Temporary Shelter

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.


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Homelessness Prevention

Shelter may be the most obvious type of support COTS provides to families and individuals, but it certainly is not the only type. For example, our clients are required to save a percentage of their income each month (40 percent for families; 70 percent for individuals). This goal helps prepare them for a move into permanent housing within four to six months of their arrival in shelter.


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