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Have you lost income or had more expenses because of COVID-19? You might be eligible for help through a new Maine State Housing Authority Program. This program may help you pay up to 15 months of rent or utility bills. We answer some common questions about this program below.
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:
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.
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!
Podcast - Federal and State Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination against people who are from countries, other than the U.S, when selling, renting, financing, or other housing related transactions.
This podcast focuses on rental housing and Fair Housing laws. You can listen to the podcast above, or read the full text below. This podcast is also available in:
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.
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… More