Living - Maine Apartments
Getting Started - Renting an Apartment in Maine
Your rights and obligations when renting an apartment in Maine are set forth in a lease agreement, but are also bounded by statutory law. For example, the maximum security deposit for an apartment rental in Maine is 2 months rent. And there can be double damages for wrongful rentention of your apartment rental deposit at lease termination. Tenants should be aware of all relevant security deposit and other rental property and possession and eviction laws in Maine.
Bedbug Rights & Duties: A landlord may not rent an apartment that it "knows or suspects" is infested with bedbugs. 14 M.R.S. 6021-A(2)(E). Should a tenant discover and report (as required) bedbugs in a dwelling, the landlord has 5 days to inspect and, if they are found, 10 days to hire an exterminator. 14 M.R.S. 6021-A(2)(A)-(B). A $250 penalty, or actual damages if greater, may be awarded for a landlord's failure to comply. 14 M.R.S. 6021-A(4). Tenants, for their part, must promptly notify a landlord when bedbugs are known or suspected within dwellings, must give access for treatment and must comply with reasonable treatment measures. 14 M.R.S. 6021-A(3). To find apartments that have had bedbug reports posted in the past, see the Bedbug Registry search tool listed on the bedbug info page.
Colder Cheaper Apartments: A landlord and tenant may enter into an agreement for the landlord to provide heat less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The agreement must be in writing, must be separate from the lease, must state that it is revocable by either party upon reasonable notice, must state a minimum temperature for heat (not less than 62 degrees) and must state a reduction in rent that is fair and reasonable. This ability to contract for a colder, cheaper apartment in Maine does not apply if the apartment is occupied by anyone over 65 or under 5 years of age. 14 M.R.S. 6021(6-A). See Commentary.
Sampling of Portland Apartments
We've mapped some of the Portland area apartments available through Portland Maine Rentals and Schneider Property Management. In addition to visiting these listings, we encourage you to view the complete apartment listings included at their respective websites, which include apartments in Portland, Maine, South Portland, Scarborough and Yarmouth and various other towns in Southern/Coastal Maine.
Portland Maine Rentals
Over 150 elegantly restored residential furnished and unfurnished apartments in the most desirable historic districts of Portland, Maine including downtown, West End and the Eastern Promenade area. Web site includes a list and photos of apartments available for rent.
Schneider Property Management
Lists apartments managed by the company in Portland, Maine including the Portland neighborhoods of Back Bay / Cove, East End, Deering, USM, West End and elsewhere. Also find rentals in Biddeford, Lewiston, Lyman, Westbrook and other areas.
Many furnished and unfurnished Portland ME apartments are listed on Craigslist. Find rentals in a specific town, e.g., Portland, South Portland, Scarborough & Yarmouth simply by typing the town name into the search box at the top of the "apts/housing for rent" category. Unfortunately, this site does display apartment results by region, e.g., Southern Coastal Maine.
University of Southern Maine Portland Area Housing Guide
The University of Southern Maine in Portland offers a housing guide for interational sutdents, but useful for anyone. It also links to Maine Housing Search, supported by non-profit funding.
University of New England Off-Campus Housing
The University of New England in Portland lists apartment rentals in Portland and also in Arundel, Biddeford, Biddeford Pool, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Lyman, Ocean Park, Old Orchard Beach, Peaks Island, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough, Wells and Westbrook.
Bangor Apartments & Orono Apartments
Apartments, houses and executive rentals in the Bangor, Maine area, including the towns of Hamden, Brewer, Orono, Hermon and Glenburn.
Many Bangor rentals are listed, so to narrow your search type "Bangor" next to the apts/housing for rent search box at the top of the Craiglist page.
This website contains a large number of listings for rooms and roommates wanted in many areas of Maine, including Orono.
Central Maine Apartments: Lewiston/Auburn | Augusta | Gardiner | Waterville
Sampling of Lewiston / Auburn Apartments
We've mapped some of the Lewiston/Auburn area apartments available through Morse Rental Properties, Oakledge Estates, Lisa D. Toussaint Apartments and LewistonAuburnApartments.com. In addition to visiting these listings, we encourage you to view the complete apartment listings included at their respective websites.
Lisa D. Toussaint Apartments
Lisa D. Toussiant lists and manages mutiple apartment complexes in Lewiston, Maine. These include Applewood Estates, Northwood Apartments (off Main Street in Lewiston) and Thorncrag Apartments (a short walk to Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary).
Lewiston - Auburn Apartments, with 150 rentals listed in the L/A area. Some are in a modern urban setting, including with river views, and some are in a country setting.
Morse Rental Properties
Morse Rental Properties has apartments for rent in four distinct properties in Lewiston and Auburn, Maine. These are Brookside Estates, Cram Avenue and Eastwood Village in Lewiston plus Rivers Edge in Auburn.
Oakledge Estates has apartments for rent in several complexes in Lewiston, Maine. These are Oakledge Estates, Oakledge 1 and North Temple.
Find and place apartment listings in Lewiston, Auburn and elsewhere around Maine. The listings are free.
Bar Harbor Apartments
Many Bar Harbor apartments are listed, so to narrow your search type "Bar Harbor" next to the apts/housing for rent search box at the top of the Craiglist page.
Low Income Housing in Maine
HUD Subsidized Apartment Search
HUD offers an extensive list of "section 8" subsidized apartments in Maine. These apartments are for disabled and elderly persons, and for familiies that meet certain income restrictions. In addition, the Maine State Housing Authority provides rental assistance through several rental assistance programs.