Maine Landlord and Tenant Lawyers
Our lawyers are ready to help you with your legal needs
At Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC, we are committed to helping clients get the best results in all types of cases. It’s a commitment we take very seriously. Since our founding in 1979, that commitment has helped us earn a reputation as lawyers that Mainers trust. We serve people in Waterville, Portland and throughout Maine.
Landlord and tenant law is a specialized area of our real estate practice. We represent commercial and residential landlords and tenants in negotiating and drafting leases, and we handle evictions when necessary. Our landlord and tenant lawyers are ready to help you with your legal needs.
When should a landlord hire a lawyer?
- Drafting Leases – Before renting your property, it’s important to draft a lease that clearly explains the terms and conditions of the rental. This is beneficial for both landlords and tenants. It should clearly define rights and responsibilities for both parties and conform to federal, state and local law.
- Tenant Evictions – There is a process that must be followed before a tenant can be lawfully evicted. When there are legal grounds for eviction, notice must be given to the tenant, and the tenant is given time to appeal.
- Discrimination Lawsuits – Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination against prospective tenants, but landlords face accusations of discrimination even when tenants are rejected or evicted for legitimate legal reasons. This can put you at risk of fines and damage to your reputation.
- Injury or Illness Lawsuits – Tenants or guests who are injured or become sick sometimes blame landlord negligence for what happened. They may take legal action and sue you for damages.
- Property Damage Claims – There are cases in which tenants take legal action against landlords for damage to their property. For example, a tenant may claim that a landlord failed to properly maintain the roof, resulting in a leak that damaged their belongings. We make sure that your rights are protected.
What are your rights as a renter?
- Eviction – You have rights when facing eviction, even if the grounds for eviction are valid. An experienced lawyer can review your situation and ensure that the legal process is being followed and your rights are being protected.
- Discrimination – It is against the law for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental impairment, religion, receiving welfare and other reasons.
- Failure To Make Needed Repairs – Some needed repairs are major and you could be at risk if they are not made as soon as possible. For example, your health is at risk if the heating system stops working in the middle of winter. Your safety could be at risk if a broken lock or window is not fixed.
- Failure To Fulfill Promises – You may have been hesitant to rent until the landlord promised to make certain changes. These promises could be anything from changing carpets to cleaning out the basement to putting in a new refrigerator.
- Injury Or Illness Due To Negligence – Landlords have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to keep their properties safe. This includes making sure walkways are cleared after a winter storm and promptly making any repairs to eliminate safety hazards. We can help you hold negligent landlords accountable.
- Damage To Your Property – When a landlord is negligent, and the result is an accident that damages your personal property, you may be able to take legal action. For example, a landlord fails to fix an electrical problem, which leads to a fire that destroys your belongings.
Learn more about how our landlord and tenant attorneys can help you with your situation. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at our Waterville or Portland office.