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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...
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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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Rights of Maine Renters: Unsafe or Unfit Housing

Maine law gives tenants an "implied warranty of habitability." This means that your landlord must promise that your home is safe and fit to live in.
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Rights of Maine Renters: Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

Sometimes landlords react to sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking by taking action against the victim. There are state and federal laws that can help if this happens to you.
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Rights of Maine Renters: Tips Before You Rent

Are you about to rent a place in Maine? Brush up on your rights, and other things you should know before you rent with our Tips for Tenants in Maine! Here’s Pine Tree Legal’s checklist of questions to ask about any house, apartment, or mobile home you might rent.
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Do you owe $500 or more to your electric company?

If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
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Fair Housing: Your Right To Rent or Own a Home

What does "Fair Housing" mean? In Maine we have both state and federal “fair housing” laws. They say that a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you, and a seller cannot treat you differently, because of your: -race -color -national origin or ancestry (where you or your family came from)...

Goorta Sharciyada Caddaaladda Guryeynta ee Aan Lagu Dabaqayn Guryaha Kireysiga (Fair Housing Podcast - Somali)

Cod baahintan wuxuu ahmiyadda saarayaa sharciyada guryaha ijaarka iyo Guryaynata Caddaaladda.

عندما لا تسري قوانين الإسكان العادل على المساكن المستأجرة (Fair Housing Podcast - Arabic)

يركز هذا البودكاست (النقل الصوتي عبر الإنترنت) على المساكن المستأجرة وقوانين الإسكان العادل.

Lorsque les lois sur le logement équitable ne s’appliquent pas aux logements de location (Fair Housing Podcast - French)

Ce podcast parle des logements de location et des lois relatives au logement équitable.

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