POV Guideline Test

If you are a tenant at will (no lease)

Your landlord can evict you without giving a reason. But, they must give you 7 or 30 days notice in writing. There are some exceptions to this, explained below.

Federal Poverty Guidelines
Annual Income

Persons in Family 100% 150% 300%
1 12,140.00 18,210.00 36,420.00
2 16,460.00 24,690.00 49,380.00
3 20,780.00 31,170.00 62,340.00
4 25,100.00 37,650.00 75,300.00
5 29,420.00 44,130.00 88,260.00
6 33,740.00 50,610.00 101,220.00
7 38,060.00 57,090.00 114,180.00
8 42,380.00 63,570.00 127,140.00

Introduction

This article answers some common questions renters in Maine have about their rights. Each state has different laws protecting renters - this article only covers the law in the state of Maine. If you live outside of Maine and are looking for help or information, try the LSC Legal Aid Finder or search for rights or tenants of renters in your state.

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.

Federal Poverty Guidelines
Weekly Income

Persons in Family 100% 300%
1 233.46 700.38
2 316.54 949.62
3 399.62 1,198.85
4 482.69 1,448.08
5 565.77 1,697.31
6 648.85 1,946.54
7 731.92 2,195.77
8 815.00 2,445.00