Maine Residential Lease Agreement

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The most popular type of rental contract in the State of Maine, the standard residential lease is a term of usually one (1) year between a landlord and tenant. The agreement should follow all State laws, located in Title 14, Chapter  710, and once the contract has been signed by both parties along with the *required disclosures it becomes legally binding to both landlord and tenant for the term stated. All tenants are highly recommended to go through a screening process to ensure that the tenant is being truthful about their income and employment. A background check may also be an option for higher risk candidates and the property owner/manager is allowed to charge a non-refundable fee.


  • Bedbug Disclosure – More common for apartments, required when the premises or unit next to it is or was recently treated for a bedbug infestation.
  • Energy Efficiency Disclosure – Required for all rental units.
  • Lead-Based Paint – Required for all residential units built prior to 1978.
  • Radon – Starting in 2012, the landlord is required to test for radon every ten (10) years. This test must be made available to any and all prospective tenants at the time of lease signing.
  • Smoking Policy – The landlord must state the smoking terms on the premises.


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