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Return of Security Deposit Request Form

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.
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Will Getting A Big Tax Refund Make Me Lose My Benefits?

This year, you won’t have to worry about losing your benefits if you get a big tax refund. Starting in 2011, any tax refunds you get will not affect most public benefits, or how much you get! Under the law passed in December 2010:
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Fair Housing

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.  
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Heating Assistance News

LIHEAP funding continues to be lower than in previous years. This will mean that more households will be turning to local heating assistance programs after their LIHEAP money runs out.  Here is a summary of the programs we know about - followed by information about how to access local programs.  
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How to Get Your Property Back from Your Landlord

Is There Any Way I Can Get Back My Personal Property If It Is Being Held By My Landlord Or Someone Else? Yes.
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Maine Tax Refunds for People Living in Motels and Tourist Camps

How do I know if I can get a tax refund? In Maine, when you stay in some kinds of short term rentals, like a hotel or motel room, you pay a state sales tax.  If you stay more than 28 days you may be entitled to a refund of the tax you paid. First, you must have rented:
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What You and Your Family Should Know About Lead

The Lead Paint Project is based in our Lewiston Office. We can help you with questions about lead paint and lead poisoning. You can call Attorney Lynn Ward (207-400-3273) to ask questions about lead or set up an appointment. All information is free. Your information is kept confidential.
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Fair Housing: Frequently Asked Questions about Housing Protection for People with Disabilities and Their Families

What is illegal discrimination against persons with disabilities? Who is protected from discrimination against persons with disabilities? Which landlords are covered? How do I ask for reasonable accommodation?
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Motels, Hotels and Rooming Houses

Although Maine law is fairly clear on many tenant issues (see Rights of Tenants in Maine), the laws are less clear about the rights of people who live in motels, hotels and rooming houses.
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How Much Heat and Other Basic Utilities Does My Landlord Have to Provide?

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: