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Maine Tenant-Landlord Law

by Joe Bredar

Maine

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act was created in order to ensure that everyone is treated equally during the housing process. It protects tenants from discrimination when seraching for a rental property. At the federal level the Fair Housing Act protects the following classes…

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Learn about fair housing at the federal level here https://resources.hemlane.com/landlord-must-know-fair-housing/

Maine protects the same categories as federal law.
(ME Rev. Stat. Title 5, Part 12, Ch. 337 §4582)

Eviction Laws

Maine-Eviction-Laws
  • When it is failure to pay rent, the tenant has 7 days to pay you otherwise the eviction notice can be filed with the courts.
  • When there is another lease violation (e.g. subletting), the tenant has 7 days to resolve the violation from the point that the eviction notice is served. Otherwise the eviction notice will be filed with the courts.

Early Termination of Lease

When there is not a lease violation, but the landlord or tenant wants to break the lease, the following regulations apply:

Early termination by landlord

If the landlord wishes to terminate the lease early, they have to give a notice period of 30 days with exceptions..

Early termination by tenant

If the tenant wishes to terminate the lease early, they have to give a notice period of 30 days with exceptions.

For more information on Maine Landlord Tenant laws please visit their website here.