Maine Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Maine standard residential lease agreement is the standard, one (1) year rental agreement between a landlord and tenant. Once the contract has been signed by both parties (along with all required disclosures) it becomes legally binding to both landlord and tenant for the term stated. It is recommended that the landlord put all potential tenants through a screening process to ensure that they are 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 for these checks.

LawsTitle 14, Chapter 710 – Rental Property and Title 14, Chapter  709 – Residential Landlords and Tenants

Required Disclosures (7)

Bedbugs Infestation Disclosure (§ 6021-A) – If the rental unit or adjacent rental unit is being treated or currently has bedbugs, it must be disclosed to the tenant in writing.

Electricity to Common Areas (§ 6024) – Unless both parties agree, the landlord shall not bill the tenant for electricity, heat, or any utility or service that is for common areas in the property.

Energy Efficiency Disclosure (§ 6030-C) – Required to be completed by the landlord.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – For all residences built before the year 1978.

Radon Disclosure Form (pamphlet included) (§ 6030-D) – Starting in 2012, the landlord is required every ten (10) years to check for the existence of radon. This form must be issued to every tenant.

Security Deposit Location (§ 6038) – The landlord must provide the bank and account information of where the funds are being stored.

Smoking Policy (§ 6030-E) – The smoking policy must be stated.

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