Maine State Rent Increases & Fees

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Maine state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Maine landlords must provide 45 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Late Rent Fees. Maine state landlords may charge up to 4% of the month’s rent for late payment.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A landlord in the state of Maine may not increase rent during the term of a lease. However, a landlord may increase rent on a tenant renting without the benefit of a lease so long as the appropriate notice is provided.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

It is illegal for a Maine landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

Maine does not legislate rent increases.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A landlord may increase rent on an “at-will” tenant so long as a 45-Day Notice is provided to the tenant before the increased rent is expected (Maine Title 14 6015).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Maine does not legislate the frequency of rent increases.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

A Maine landlord may charge late fees that do not exceed 4% of the month’s rent so long as the fees are disclosed in the lease (Maine Title 14 6028).

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

A Maine landlord may charge a tenant up to 12% per annum from the date of the payment plus any court costs and processing charges incurred in relation to a bounced rental check (Maine Title 14 6071).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

Maine has not legislation regarding rent control or preempting such legislation.