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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.
It is illegal for a Maine landlord to refuse to rent to you because of your color, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, having children, or getting public aid. Contact us if you have questions or think you have suffered illegal housing discrimination.  
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. 
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.
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.
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.
Landlords may not discriminate against you because of your: race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental impairment, religion, ancestry or national origin, getting welfare, being a single parent, being pregnant or having children. This means that a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you, charge you extra, or evict you for any of these...
The Fair Housing Newsletter is a publication of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, through the Fair Housing Initiative Program, Maine. It covers important fair housing information and developments, and highlights other fair housing resources.
Entimidasyon seksyèl nan kontèks lojman- Fair Housing and Sexual Harassment Handout in Haitian Creole. Click the .pdf below to view or print this document.
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 Rights...

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