You are wise to wonder. Rental listings are frequently fraudulent. Under no circumstances should you ever mail money to anyone. You need to have them meet you at the property and show you the home. If they make any excuses as to why they can't then you should head for the hills as they are trying to scam you.... more
Scams do exist therefore always proceed with caution; for scam information see link below. To find an owner's name, you can check local public records and or tax records; ask for proof of ownership...
Best bet for rentals usually is Craigslist Vermont and in and around Burlington I'd also check out www.gridguide.com - a very handy site. I also happen getting ready to rent one of my own 3 bedroom ,2 bath apartments in town - very nice in a Victorian building - between downtown and the University and Hospital. Available mid June or so. Let me know if you're interested in more info.