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Portland Maine Landlord Tenant Rules - December 2020

Are there new landlord tenant rules in Portland, Maine? There are new landlord-tenant rules that went into effect in Portland at the beginning of December, 2020. The rules cover:
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COVID-19 & Rights of Maine Renters: CDC Eviction Ban FAQ

The CDC has issued an order banning many, but not all, evictions. This has been extended through June 30, 2021. Learn more about who this applies to, and how you can take action.
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COVID-19 Maine Eviction & Rental Housing FAQ

Posted and up-to-date as of 6/12/2021 - Check back soon for updates!   Need more information? Join us for our weekly online eviction information sessions - free to the public!
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Rights of Maine Renters: Eviction

Can my landlord turn off my utilities or change the locks on my door or kick me out without going to court? No. It is illegal for your landlord to throw you out by force. Your landlord must get a court order before they evict you.
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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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What Can I Do if My Landlord is Trying to Evict Me?

Decide what you want to do. If you do not want to stay, but you need more time to move, call your landlord or the landlord’s attorney to see if you can settle the case. Your landlord must take several steps to legally evict you. These steps take a minimum of two weeks beyond the move-out date listed in the first notice. So, if you need more time,… More
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Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance (EA) is a program run by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). EA helps children and their families with some emergencies. The program does not cover all emergencies. You have to have children in your home, but you do not have to be on TANF, to get EA. If you qualify, EA will pay certain basic needs. For… More

PTLA Eviction Information Sessions

Eviction Information Session Tuesdays, 9:00 am Every Tuesday (starting 9/29) at 9:00 am, Pine Tree hosts an information session about the eviction process in Maine. During the session, you can learn about:

RePresent: Renter! A game to prepare for an eviction hearing

If you have an eviction hearing soon, and will be going to court without a lawyer, you can practice representing yourself by playing RePresent: Renter! You'll learn how to prepare for court, what your rights are as a renter in Maine, what happens in court on the day of your hearing, and how to present evidence and cross-examine the other person in… More