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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.
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.
Sometimes landlords react to sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking by taking action against the victim. There are state and federal laws that can help if this happens to you.
Are you about to rent a place in Maine? Brush up on your rights, and other things you should know before you rent with our Tips for Tenants in Maine! Here’s Pine Tree Legal’s checklist of questions to ask about any house, apartment, or mobile home you might rent.
This classroom will walk you through the basics of security deposits in Maine, from what you should do before you move in, to what you can do if you don't get your deposit back when you move out. It explains what security deposits are, and steps you can take to make sure you get your deposit back when you move out.
You can use this sample form to request return of your security deposit in Maine.  We strongly recommend that you learn about the relevant Maine rules before using this form.
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)...
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.
Maine tenants can use this form letter to request information from their landlord about where their security deposit is being held.
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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