Maine Rental Laws

Maine Rental Laws

Your Maine Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Maine

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Maine was 1,330,089 on July 1, 2014, a 0.13% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Maine has 16 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 2 Months
  • Return Deadline:  30 days (if written rental agreement) or 21 days (if tenancy at will)

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  7 Days
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent:   If reasonable cost of compliance is less than $500 or an amount equal to 1/2 the monthly rent, the tenant may repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

Last Updated: April 13, 2020