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Home>Levelset Community>Legal Help>I am a former renter who had to put things like a new water heater and numerous other repairs into a rental home. I have recently moved out (of my own accord)and the landlord refuses to me back for the things i had to put in that home AND has kept my security deposit. Your thoughts on what I should do?

I am a former renter who had to put things like a new water heater and numerous other repairs into a rental home. I have recently moved out (of my own accord)and the landlord refuses to me back for the things i had to put in that home AND has kept my security deposit. Your thoughts on what I should do?

Maine

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Dec 14, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about that. This is a bit outside of our wheelhouse here at the Construction Legal Center - our expertise lies in payment issues between construction businesses and property owners. It might be more helpful to reach out to the lawyers at avvo.com - they're available to answer questions on a multitude of questions and have lawyers representing all different legal practices, beyond construction matters. That being said, it is extremely likely that Maine will have some laws on the books that control situations where a tenant has made improvements to the landlord's property and where a landlord refuses to return a deposit when it is presumably owned. This guide from Pine Tree Legal may be helpful: The Rights of Tenants in Maine. Good luck!
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