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Fair Housing: Your Right To Rent or Own a Home

What does "Fair Housing" mean? In Maine we have both state and federal “fair housing” laws. They say that a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you, and a seller cannot treat you differently, because of your: -race -color -national origin or ancestry (where you or your family came from)...
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Are You Leaving Money on the Table? A Guide to Maine Tax Credits and Benefits

It is not easy to balance a household budget when you have a low income. But you can supplement your income by claiming all of the benefits and supports you have the right to claim. Here is a checklist. Make sure you are not leaving money on the table!

Goorta Sharciyada Caddaaladda Guryeynta ee Aan Lagu Dabaqayn Guryaha Kireysiga (Fair Housing Podcast - Somali)

Cod baahintan wuxuu ahmiyadda saarayaa sharciyada guryaha ijaarka iyo Guryaynata Caddaaladda.

عندما لا تسري قوانين الإسكان العادل على المساكن المستأجرة (Fair Housing Podcast - Arabic)

يركز هذا البودكاست (النقل الصوتي عبر الإنترنت) على المساكن المستأجرة وقوانين الإسكان العادل.

Lorsque les lois sur le logement équitable ne s’appliquent pas aux logements de location (Fair Housing Podcast - French)

Ce podcast parle des logements de location et des lois relatives au logement équitable.

Podcast: When Fair Housing Laws Do Not Apply to Rental Housing

This podcast focuses on rental housing and Fair Housing laws. You can listen to the podcast above, or read the full text below. This podcast is also available in:
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Maine Tenant's Notice of Warranty of Habitability Violation

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. 
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Form Letter: Security Deposit Return Request

You can use this sample form to request the return of your security deposit in Maine.  We strongly recommend that you learn about the relevant Maine rules before using this form.
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Maine Tenant's Request for Security Deposit Account Information

Maine tenants can use this form letter to request information from their landlord about where their security deposit is being held.
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Rental Housing Standard Radon Disclosure Form for Landlords

Effective March 1, 2014, Maine landlords are required to test rental units for radon gas.  More details here We have linked below the Maine DHHS standard radon disclosure form, with their "Radon Tips" information attached.

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