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Podcast: National Origin Discrimination in Housing is Illegal

Podcast - Federal and State Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination against people who are from countries, other than the U.S, when selling, renting, financing, or other housing related transactions.

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:

Podcast: Religious Discrimination in Rental Housing

Listen to our podcast on religious discrimination in rental housing! This podcast talks about housing discrimination on the basis of religion. For decades in the United States, the Fair Housing Act has prohibited housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin. The Maine Human… More

Podcast: Harassment in Rental Housing

Listen to our podcast on harassment in rental housing! This podcast is about sexual harassment in rental housing and what to do if you believe that you have been harassed by your landlord, an employee of your landlord or another tenant.

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities

This podcast is about the right of people with disabilities to ask for exceptions to rental housing rules, so that they have equal opportunities to use and enjoy the housing. This right is protected by the Fair Housing Act and the Maine Human Rights Act.
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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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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.