Monday, 11 February 2019 11:30

Lawmakers considering renters' rights

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AUGUSTA (WGME) - A bill before the Maine Legislature that focuses on rent increases and notices to vacate is being met with some opposition.

The bill would require landlords to provide 60 days notice instead of 30 days if they want to terminate a tenant's lease.

 

It would also expand the notice required before increasing rent to 75 days.

 

Members of the Southern Maine Landlords Association said the bill has a few flaws that would make it problematic if it became a law.

 

"As landlords, we actually protect tenants from other tenants and sixty days is way too long when you've got the drug dealer across the hall, a young woman being harassed," said Brit Vitalius, a member of the landlords group. "You need to get that tenant out."

 

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Christopher Kessler, D-South Portland, said the bill would allow renters time to plan for hardships.