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Rights of Maine Renters: Unsafe or Unfit Housing

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.
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Repair and Deduct: a self-help tool for tenants

Maine law provides tenants with minor safety issues a self-help "Repair and Deduct" remedy.  You can find a sample form here.
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What You and Your Family Should Know About Lead

The Lead Paint Project is based in our Lewiston Office. We can help you with questions about lead paint and lead poisoning. You can call Attorney Lynn Ward (207-400-3273) to ask questions about lead or set up an appointment. All information is free. Your information is kept confidential.
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How Much Heat and Other Basic Utilities Does My Landlord Have to Provide?

How much heat or other basic utilities does a landlord have to provide? If your landlord has agreed to provide heat or other basic utilities, they have broken the law if:
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Tenant's Repair and Deduct Form Letter

Caution! Repair and deduct can be a risky strategy - read our information about the Rights of Maine Renters in Unsafe or Unfit Housing before you try to use this form!
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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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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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Sample Letter: Maine Notice to Landlord of Bedbug Infestation

Here is a sample letter you can send to your landlord to notify them of bed bugs in your building.  NOTE:  This notice was drafted for use by Maine tenants.  The laws may be different in other states.
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Lo Que Usted Y Su Familia Debe Saber Sobre El Plomo

¿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
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Ce Que Votre Famille et Vous Devriez Savoir à Propos du Plomb

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