BURLINGTON, Vt. — The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, says the city is working with the American Civil Liberties Union to improve tenant notification procedures after the city reached a $30,000 settlement with a tenant evicted from his apartment.
The ACLU sued the city in federal court last year on behalf of Joseph Montagno. He and other tenants called police multiple times, saying they were threatened by neighbors. The ACLU said the city deemed the callers “public nuisances,” with Motagno labeled a “frequent caller.”
The ACLU said city officials threatened that the landlord’s occupancy certificate would be revoked unless appropriate remedial action was taken. It said the landlord evicted Montagno, who became homeless for several months.
Mayor Miro Weinberger said Tuesday the landlord’s decision to start eviction proceedings rather than address the problems raised by the city “was not the outcome the city was seeking.”