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If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
Maine law gives tenants an "implied warranty of habitability." This means that your landlord must promise that your home is safe and fit to live in.
If you live in an apartment building, you may find out that you are paying for heat, lights, or other utilities for "common areas." This includes, for example, hallways, basements, or a common hot water heater or furnace. It is illegal for your landlord to make you pay those costs alone. For example, the hall lights should not be hooked up to your...
If I live in an apartment building, can my landlord stop me from getting cable TV, a satellite dish or an antenna? Generally, no. Your landlord can only refuse to allow these installations if they have "good cause" to deny that particular company. "Good cause" could be:
ماذا يمكنني عمله للتقليل من خطر التسمم بالرصاص في منزلي الى أدنى حد ممكن؟ What you and your family should know about lead - Arabic
¿Qué puedo hacer yo para ayudar a minimizer el riesgo de envenenamiento por plomo en mi casa? What you and your family should know about lead - Spanish
Qu'est-ce que je peux faire pour aider à réduire le risque d'intoxication par le plomb dans ma maison? What you and your family should know about lead - French
Here is a sample letter you can send to your landlord to notify him of bed bugs in your building.  NOTE:  This notice was drafted for use by Maine tenants.  Other states' laws will differ.
Here is a sample form you can use if you need to inform a landlord in writing of an unsafe or unfit rental housing condition. 
Maine law provides tenants with minor safety issues a self-help "Repair and Deduct" remedy.  You can find a sample form here.