The Maine rental agreements are contracts between a landlord and a tenant for the use of real property. The tenant makes regular payments (“rent”) and must abide by all of the terms laid out in the agreement. These documents cannot supersede state laws.
The Maine residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) can be used by property owners (“lessors”) to come to terms with a tenant (“lessee”) for the use of their property in exchange for rent payments. Landlords often check a tenant’s credit to ensure they are able to pay the rent amount. Create an official…
The Maine month-to-month rental agreement is a written document that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for monthly payments (“rent”), for a period of thirty (30) days at a time. This contract renews each month until either party chooses to cancel (with proper notice). This is a…
The Maine rental application form is a document used by landlords seeking viable tenants to rent their property. Each occupant over 18 must complete an application and pay the accompanying fee. The form is used to obtain background information that can help a landlord decide who will lease a property. A well-designed,…
The Maine sublease agreement allows a tenant to sublet all (or a portion) of rental property to a new tenant, or subtenant. Under this contract, the subtenant must make regular, periodic payments that may or may not be equivalent to the initial tenant’s rent obligation. When a tenant is no longer able…
The Maine roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between two or more tenants in a shared living situation (“roommates” or “co-tenants”). Each co-tenant must sign the contract. This document lays out the financial obligations of each co-tenant and may include rules regarding shared spaces. When a tenant finds that paying…
The Maine commercial lease agreement is a binding contract between a landlord and a business owner. This written document allows the business owner to use a commercial space for business purposes in exchange for rent. It outlines the terms and conditions associated with renting and maintaining the property. Maine Commercial Landlord/Tenant Law…
Maine Required Lease Disclosures
- Late or Returned Check Fees (required for some) – Maine landlords are required to disclose in the lease agreement if late fees are going to be imposed and how much they will amount to, ensuring they are documented so that they can be enforced in court (if required).
- Bed Bug Disclosure (required for some) – Any Maine rental unit with a suspected infestation cannot be rented, and if there is an adjacent or contiguous property with an infestation, there must be a disclosure included in the lease agreement that offers inspection information upon request to limit the chances of the infestation growing or affecting the new tenant’s personal property that results in damages from the landlord.
- Radon Disclosure (required for all) – Maine landlords are required to provide the results for recently completed radon testing in new lease agreements, along with an information addendum from the Department of Health that requires both parties to sign to acknowledge the potential risks of radon exposure.
- Energy Efficiency Disclosure Statement (required for some) – If the tenant is expected to pay utilities directly to the utility company or landlord, the Maine lease agreement must contain an energy efficiency statement and the 12-month utility history or supplier’s contact information if paid directly to ensure the correct charges are being applied.
- Smoking Policy Disclosure (required for all) – The smoking policy for a Maine rental property must be disclosed in the lease agreement, including where smoking is allowed so landlords can limit smoke damage risk for their rental units.
- Lead Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – Every lease for a Maine property built before 1978 requires a lead based paint disclosure form and EPA-approved pamphlet regarding the dangers of lead paint in addition to any known hazards that exist in the rental building for the safety of its residents.
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Maine Landlord Tenant Laws
- Warranty of Habitability – Maine’s laws require its landlords to provide all tenants with waterproof ceilings, adequate running water, heating, plumbing, and more. All repairs performed on these amenities must be made within 14 days of a reported problem. Otherwise, an effected tenant has the right to withhold certain amounts of rent or perform the repair on their own.
- Evictions – A Maine tenant can be legally evicted after failing to pay rent, committing an illegal act, or breaking the terms of their lease. Each of these require a 7-day notice to be issued. As such, many Maine evictions occur in precisely a week’s time.
- Security Deposits – A Maine landlord cannot charge a security deposit valued at greater than 2 months’ rent. These deposits must then be returned to their tenant within 30 days of their lease’s conclusion.
- Lease Termination – Month-to-month leasers in Maine must always provide 30 days of notice before breaking off their lease. Fixed-term leasers meanwhile only need to provide notice if they are claiming an early termination allowance for active military duty, landlord harassment, or unit uninhabitability.
- Rent Increases & Fees – Landlords in main can charge as much as they want for rent and increase said rent without justification. However, they are all required to provide 45 days of notice when performing a rent increase. Certain fee types are capped in value by the state, as well. These include late rent fees, which cannot be worth more than 4% of the missing rent.
- Landlord Entry – Maine landlords are only required to provide “reasonable” notice prior to entering a tenant’s dwelling. However, this standard is usually interpreted as 24 hours of notice. This excludes emergency entry, though, especially when a tenant is in immediate danger.
- Settling Legal Disputes – Claims of $6,000 or less can be arbitrated by Maine’s small claims courts. Landlords and tenants in Maine cannot file eviction claims in this venue, however.
To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Maine, click here.