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Can my landlord turn off my utilities or change the locks on my door or kick me out without going to court? No. It is illegal for your landlord to throw you out by force. Your landlord must get a court order before they evict you.
Decide what you want to do. If you do not want to stay, but you need more time to move, call your landlord or the landlord’s attorney to see if you can settle the case. Your landlord must take several steps to legally evict you. These steps take a minimum of two weeks beyond the move-out date listed in the first notice. So, if you need more time,...
If have an eviction hearing soon, and will be going to court without a lawyer, you can practice representing yourself by playing RePresent: Renter! You'll learn how to prepare for court, what your rights are as a renter in Maine, what happens in court on the day of your hearing, and how to present evidence and cross-examine the other person in...
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.
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.