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Common Security Deposit Questions

These are some of the most common questions people have about security deposits in Maine. You can click on each question to expand that section and learn more. This classroom goes into more detail in other sections, but you should start here if you have any general questions about security deposits in Maine.

This video covers some basic tips and things you can do before you move in, while you live somewhere, and when you move out to help you get your security deposit back.

What is a security deposit?

A security deposit is money you give to your landlord when you move in. It is a way for the landlord to make sure they will be paid if you damage the property or don’t pay rent. Your landlord can use it to cover any unpaid rent or damages. You may not use your security deposit to cover your last month's rent unless your landlord agrees.

You should get your security deposit back after you move out, unless there is damage to the property or you owe your landlord for rent.


Published: August 2016

PTLA #633