BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) On July 1, it will be legal to smoke weed and own up to four marijuana plants on private property. But that might not be the case for renters. Vermont property owners can decide whether or not marijuana can be used, grown or kept on their property.
“Landlords have the right to set the rules,” said Angela Zailkowski, the director of the Vermont Apartment Owners Association.
Zailkowski works with about 1,000 landlords statewide. She recommends that if they don’t want pot on their property, they write it into their lease agreement before legalization.
“Previously leases would have said, ‘no illegal drug use.’ And so now, they just have to carve that out and say marijuana use and cultivation is not allowed. Because technically within the state of Vermont it’s not illegal,” said Zaikowski.
“When we get the apartments back after the termination of the lease, the smell really lingers,” Billy Mauer said.
Mauer owns 23 apartments in downtown Burlington and says the lingering smell can lead to costly cleanups. He’s also concerned about what