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Has the building or home you rent been sold or foreclosed on? You still have rights as a renter!
What is "Subsidized Housing?" There are different kinds of subsidized housing. Some are public housing, and some aren't. If your rent goes by your income, your housing is “subsidized.”  This is true even if your house or apartment is owned by a person or company, and not the government.
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.
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.
Who is covered by the “service animal” law? The law applies to people with disabilities. If you have a physical or mental impairment which interferes with a major life activity and which is expected to last six months or more, you have a disability.  This includes people:
Two laws in Maine protect people with disabilities. Both laws make it illegal for government agencies to discriminate against people with disabilities. Government agencies must also take steps to make it easier for people with disabilities to use and enjoy public services and benefits. The first law is the ADA, which applies all over the United...
Is There Any Way I Can Get Back My Personal Property If It Is Being Held By My Landlord Or Someone Else? Yes. If someone has taken your personal property without your permission, you can get a court order that allows you to get the property back.
What is illegal discrimination against persons with disabilities? Who is protected from discrimination against persons with disabilities? Which landlords are covered?
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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