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Q: my landlord sold the place and when the lease was up the new owners never gave me a new lease and are now evicting us a

evicting us stating we are at will tenants

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Oct 20, 2020

If your lease expired according to its terms, then you are tenants at will. That said, you may have some options and defenses available to you. I would suggest you read the information contained on this website: https://ptla.org/covid-19-maine-eviction-rental-housing-faq

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Q: Is the landlord required to put a lien on the deed when you're in a rent to own home in Maine?

The documents that I signed clearly state that I'm responsible for the taxes on my mobile home. When I followed up with the town about why I have not gotten the bill, they told me that the landlord/seller (also owns the park) is keeping it in their name and is refusing to put it in my name.... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Sep 30, 2020

It sounds like what you are talking about is a land installment contract, the minimum contents of which are specified in 33 M.R.S. § 482.

33 M.R.S. § 482(1)(K) provides the land installment contract shall contain: “A statement which explains that the contract is not a mortgage and that...
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Q: Foundation falling in, no lease, landlord giving us no info

foundation was never safe, tenants werent aware, landlord made them leave, gave them a house to stay in that he is trying to rent out, he is still showing it and will not let us rent it. Tenants not sure if landlord could just make them leave and be done, they have 3 kids and the landlord had let... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Aug 13, 2020

Sorry, but I would need a clearer explanation of the facts before I could venture an answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: If my at will tenant paid a month's rent. I'm evicting her, (7 day) can i keep rent for damages?

do I have to refund the pro-rated rent or can I apply it towards the substantial damages?

Also if she attached something to my houses exterior with bolts is it now part of the property or can she remove it when she leaves?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on May 29, 2020

First, Maine law provides: "If a tenant who is 7 days or more in arrears in the payment of rent pays the full amount of rent due before the expiration of the 7-day notice in writing, that notice is void." It sounds like you can no longer evict your tenant, but you can keep the rent she... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to allow property manager entry to my unit to film a walkthrough during stay at home order?

I am moving out the first week of June. Landlord said the property manager needs to enter my unit ASAP to film a video walkthrough for prospective tenants. Is this compliant with current COVID regulations? Three unit non-owner occupied residential building in Portland.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on May 5, 2020

The first thing you want to do is review your lease to see if there is any language in it addressing this situation.

As to the COVID issues, on April 15, 2020 the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released new guidance for its previous determination that real...
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Q: hello i have a year lease and it ends june 1st landlord doesn't want to extend lease for us

i was hoping to extend the lease one month he denied it after we decided we did not want to buy the house. and with the stay at home oder we have been having difficulty finding our new home can he evict us on june 1st we live in maine thank you for your help joey

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Apr 23, 2020

Your landlord can start the eviction process the day after your lease ends. Whether that process can move forward in court will depend on whether the courts will be scheduling and holding hearings in eviction actions at that time.

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Maine on
Q: My mom was married 33 years her husband passed on April 8th his son served her with eviction this week can he do that

The son took the safe out of house 2 days before his father died refuses to tell her if there is a will She is 81 And can’t afford d a lawyer what r her rights the house did belong to her husband but his son took deed over before he died son claims

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Apr 22, 2020

I am sorry, but there aren't enough facts provided to answer your question. Your mom should contact the Maine Center for Elder Law at 207-467-3301 and https://mainecenterforelderlaw.com/.

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Q: my landlord told me i was gonna be served by the sheriff and then told me no messing around.

My rent is due the 1st of the month. I sent my check out and it must of gotten lost in the mail. So the landlord emailed me and said " As of yesterday, December 11, I had not received rent for the month of December 2019 which was due on December 1. Pursuant to your lease, you are now also... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 9, 2020

No, this is not harassment, but there are several potential issues here. One you may want to explore is, assuming this is a residential lease, the maximum late fee for rent not paid within 15 days after it is due is 4% of one month's rent. So, if your rent is $950 per month, the late fee... Read more »

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Q: Did I rightfully deduct for damages from a tenant who took over ownership from her grandmother?
Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Dec 8, 2019

In order to provide you with a more complete response, I would need to know more facts and I would need to explore some of the facts you have outlined. For example, I don’t know what you mean when you state: “The security deposit from my previous tenant was transferred over to the... Read more »

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Q: My boyfriend is going to be charged with a disorderly conduct

We live in state housing and he is on the lease can the landlord kick him out?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 25, 2019

You need to look at the terms of your lease.

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Q: If someone owed 2 months back rent does the landlord have to give back the deposit?

I brought them to court to have them removed. They still owe me rent plus late fees plus repairs. They are telling me I have to give back the deposit. I don't agree.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 13, 2019

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 »

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Q: Do I have to give someone renting a room in my house a key to my garage?

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 »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 13, 2019

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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: Can a landlord charge you both a $25 monthly pet fee as well as $250 pet deposit?

Tenants in the state of Maine with no current lease agreement.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Aug 8, 2019

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 »

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Q: Evict a tenant at will after complaints from the two other tenants living in the house.

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... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jul 27, 2019

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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: I am being forced to vacate my residence with 3 days notice, no legal document or reason. My mother owns the structure.

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?... Read more »

Daniel J. Eccher
Daniel J. Eccher answered on Jul 18, 2019

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 »

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Q: We have lived in our apartment for 6 years without complaint and the new owner says we can't smoke on our porch anymore.

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... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 23, 2019

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 »

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Q: Can my landlord increase my rent in the middle of a lease?

Can I withhold rent if there are issues with my apartment that arent being fixed?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on May 27, 2019

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: We rent a lot in maine and the landlord has been looking in our windows and entering our home without notice. Legal?

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 »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on May 2, 2019

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...
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Q: Moved in with family they moved we was splitting rent do I have to move or can I keep renting was no lease agreements

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

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Feb 4, 2019

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 »

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Q: What can I do if my landlord refuses to fix our heating issue? Some times it's only 50 degrees and for the past few days

It's been 85 and they charge us money for opening windows..we are getting no sleep and sick from this and they have been notified about it.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 29, 2019

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.

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