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Historically, data around rental housing instability in Maine has been limited, particularly when it comes to evictions. To help illuminate the story of what is happening with evictions in Maine, Pine Tree Legal Assistance embarked on a research project in 2022 in partnership with the John T. Gorman Foundation and building off the 2020 work of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance gathered and reviewed data from 5,414 eviction files for the period from March 2019 to March 2022. We reviewed files from 24 District Courts around the state.
This report summarizes what we found regarding:
- The reasons for eviction
- Default judgments
- Tenant representation