Maine Fair Housing Laws

Federal and state laws gives tenants a right to fair housing. These laws prohibit discrimination by landlords in the rental of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or familial status. Discrimination means any action, omission or decision that has the effect of restricting tenant’s choice of housing and access to housing assistance.

  • It shall be unlawful to:
  • -Refuse to rent a dwelling after a bona fide offer has been made, or to refuse to negotiate for the rental of a dwelling.

  • -Discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of the rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with rentals.

  • -Engage in any conduct relating to the provision of housing which otherwise makes unavailable or denies dwellings to a tenant.

  • -Make, print or publish, or cause to be made, printed or published, any notice, statement or advertisement with respect to the rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination.

  • -Represent to any tenant that a dwelling is not available for sale or rental when such dwelling is in fact available.

  • -Engage in blockbusting practices in connection with the rental of dwellings.

For more information about West Virginia Fair Housing Laws please go to:

http://www.mainehousing.org/education/fair-housing-education/fair-housing-mainehousing

http://www.maine.gov/mhrc/laws/index.htm


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