Depending on the numbers involved, you are likely correct. In a residential lease situation, the landlord can keep all or part of the tenant’s security deposit if there are damages to the property that aren’t just “normal wear and tear” and/or the tenant owes the landlord rent when the...Read more »
My father allowed my brother to come stay with him for a couple months while he was looking for his own apartment. During that time, my father passed away. I inherited the house and now my brother is renting a bedroom from me, there is no lease. He insists that I give him a key to my garage and has... Read more »
I am assuming you are now the sole owner of the house and your brother is a tenant at will under an oral agreement with you. In these circumstances, I don’t see any reason why you would need to give him a key to the garage, especially since you are allowing him to access the items he has in...Read more »
Generally speaking, if you are a tenant without a written lease in Maine, you are what is called a “tenant at will,” which typically means your rights are defined and specified by Maine statutes and applicable case law. I am not aware of any Maine statutory prohibition against a landlord...Read more »
Three tenants at will living in the same house. They have a co-tenant agreement between them. I have received multiple complaints from two of the tenants about the other individual for missing items and not helping with any chores around the house. I'm not sure weather I should evict the one tenant... Read more »
Under Maine law, to evict a tenant at will for causing a nuisance within the premises, you will first need to provide a 7-day Notice to Quit (which must conform to the statutory guidelines) terminating the tenancy at will. As landlord, you will need to show, by affirmative proof, that the tenant...Read more »
Owned a trailer for 12 years in a seasonal RV park. We violated no RV park rules (posted online). I was accused of theft one town away (returned property/misunderstanding) not arrested or charged with any crime. We're being forced to vacate, no eviction notice, no documentation. Is this legal? How... Read more »
I think you should each get your own lawyer. If you (the daughter) have a low income, you may be able to get help from Pine Tree Legal Assistance (they have a great web site: www.ptla.org). Your mother, if she is over 60, should be able to get help from Legal Services for the Elderly...Read more »
I have 3 small kids I can't leave alone to go smoke 100 ft from my door. Says nothing in the lease and first owner who we signed lease with didn't care if we smoked inside let alone the front porch. It's just I don't want to leave me kids alone and we turned down a WAY nicer place because we... Read more »
I can’t answer your question definitively because I don’t have all the necessary facts, but I can tell you that Maine law provides, in part: “A landlord who or other person who on behalf of a landlord enters into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential premises that are used by a...Read more »
You asked two very different questions. 1. As to whether your landlord can increase your rent in the middle of a lease, assuming you have a written lease, the landlord probably cannot increase the rent during the lease term. Read your lease to find out if it says something different. 2. The...Read more »
She has been driving by our house at a crawl, walking around our yard, and when she thinks nobody is home, she enters the home to put notes on our stove. I just want to know if this is legal since she owns the lot and not the trailer we live in or if we can get a protection order or something to... Read more »
To provide you with a complete answer, I would need to see a copy of your lease, because a lease will typically have provisions concerning the landlord’s access to the property the tenant is renting. Do you have a written lease?
That said, and subject to the terms of your lease, I would...Read more »
It was my cousins apartment she was on a month to month basis she couldn't afford her half of the bills and moved I still pay the rent can landlord make me move when I been paying the rent or do they have to evict me threw the courts
I believe the answer to your question will depend largely on whether the landlord has acknowledged your tenancy by acceptance of rent or otherwise, as provided under 14 M.R.S. § 6001(1). This is a fact-dependent inquiry. If so, then you should have the rights of a tenant at will under Maine law....Read more »
Here is an excellent resource to help with your questions: How Much Heat and Other Basic Utilities Does My Landlord Have to Provide? https://www.ptla.org/how-much-heat-and-other-basic-utilities-does-my-landlord-have-provide# The information at this website is provided by Pine Tree Legal.
We have all receipts from rent payments, plus we gave him a phone and internet services from our set-up. His other tenant has not paid for some time now, I understand if he wants to shut her water off, but he doesn't have 2 separate shut offs for the water. My boyfriend and I are going on 2 weeks... Read more »
Your question indicates that you have a written lease. You will want to review the terms of your lease to determine what your rights and remedies are under these circumstances and then follow the provisions of the lease. In all likelihood, your lease requires you to provide written notice to your...Read more »
If his family has not signed or guaranteed the lease, no. Your claim for rent owed would have to be presented to the representative or executor of the deceased tenant's estate. Generally, the deceased tenant’s estate is legally responsible for rental payments until the lease expires or is...Read more »
Our original lease with previous owner included all utilities. After being bought by new owner, landlord started requesting extra $ from us for the electric bill. A few months ago landlord forced us to sign new lease, lowering rent by $50, but putting electric in our name (bill averaging... Read more »
Generally speaking, once you signed the new lease, you're bound by its terms, unless, for example, you have a claim that you were under duress at the time you signed it (which is very difficult to prove). I would suggest contacting CMP to see if they can help you sort out exactly what portion of...Read more »
The buyer has a 30-day contract to buy the house..the title work was begun a month before his contract was signed. There is a 'gap in ownership' that the title company says is not an easy fix. They claim it could drag on for awhile. The owner is doing nothing to repair the title and obviously never... Read more »
More information is needed to really answer this question. The contract would need to be reviewed to determine if it was valid to begin with, or if there has been a breach.
Depending on the problem with the title, it may not be worth exercising your option right now.
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