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Scott Vetoes Rental Housing And Safety Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott (file)

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that aimed to improve rental housing and safety, saying it would reduce the number of housing options for people at a time when the state is grappling with a critical housing shortage.

Scott says the state needs to invest in new and rehabilitated housing. He said the bill, which would have required owners of short-term rentals to register their properties with the state, adds restrictions and costs, and targets all rental units in all types of buildings “with few exceptions.”

Scott added he believes the bill “will discourage everyday Vermonters from offering their homes, rooms or summer cabins for rent” as a way to supplement their income.

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