A rental application in Maine allows landlords or property managers to thoroughly weed through their applicants and help them find the most suitable prospective tenant. A rental application provides organization and presents personal and specific details about applicants in a clear and uniform manner. This type of document generally requires personal and sensitive information but is vital to allow the landlord to make the most informed decision. Furthermore, these documents protect the tenant by conforming to federal fair housing laws. Rental applications usually cost the applicant a fee, which usually ranges from $25 to $75.
Applicable Laws in Maine
According to Maine’s State Laws, the most that a landlord may charge is the equivalent of two (2) month’s rent, and must return the deposit within 30 days after lease termination; 21 days for “at will” or non-written lease agreements (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, §§ 6031 to 6038).