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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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Do you owe $500 or more to your electric company?

If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
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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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الاسكان غير الامن حقوقك و مسوولياتك كمستأجر في ولايه مين

هل صاحب العقار يجب ان يحافظ علي بيتي امن وبحاله لائقه ؟ نعم ,القانون في مين يعطي الى المستأجرين الضمان الضمني للسكن. هذا يعني ان صاحب العقار يجب ان يضمن ان بيتك امن و مناسب للاسكان فيه.
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Rights of Maine Renters: Types of Rental Agreements

The agreement you make with your landlord affects what rights you will have. You may sign a written agreement called a lease. When you rent without a lease, you become a "tenant at will."
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Rights of Maine Renters: Heat and Utility Charges for Common Areas

If you live in an apartment building, you may find out that you are paying for heat, lights, or other utilities for "common areas." This includes, for example, hallways, basements, or a common hot water heater or furnace. It is illegal for your landlord to make you pay those costs alone. For example, the hall lights should not be hooked up to your...
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Rights of Maine Renters: Cable TV, Dishes, and Antennas

If I live in an apartment building, can my landlord stop me from getting cable TV, a satellite dish or an antenna? Generally, no. Your landlord can only refuse to allow these installations if they have "good cause" to deny that particular company. "Good cause" could be:
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Rights of Maine Renters: Subsidized Housing

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.

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