Property Management Law And Landlord-Tenant Issues

The laws governing Landlords’ rights are complex. We can help you to save money by empowering you with knowledge, and expert legal advice. We are one of a handful of firms in Maine that focus on Property Management Issues and Landlord-Tenant Law. Our staff has the experience to get you the results you deserve. We have written three books on the subject, teach a six hour accredited program about Landlord-Tenant Process and Procedures, and continue to be affiliated and support Property Management Organizations throughout Maine.

FAQ

Why should I hire Shankman & Associates?

This is a very technical area of law.  In an eviction, if your notice or complaint is missing any required language, you will lose your case and have to start completely over.  We can ensure your eviction is done correctly the first time, thus saving you time and money.  When you need a lease, we can make sure it complies with state law, and that it protects your best interests.  If you have a complaint against you, we can represent you and get you the best outcome possible.  If you have questions regarding a landlord tenant matter, we can make sure that you handle the issue properly, so that you comply with the law and avoid a law suit or a Maine Human Rights Commission complaint.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

A copy of your file which should include the following:

Information on the landlord (name, address, phone number)

Information on the tenants (names, addresses, contact info., etc.),

A copy of the signed lease (if applicable)

If evicting for nonpayment of rent, or any other financial obligation, a recent tenant ledger, recertification of income, notice of rent change, etc.

If evicting for anything other than nonpayment, documentation to support the violations.

Can I put Shankman & Associates on retainer?

Yes.  We have a program called “Lawyers On Line”. For a $300.00 retainer, we open a file for you with all of your basic information. As you have questions or concerns, we are available by telephone or email, and already have your background information from the initial file set up. It is preventative law at its best.  In addition, if in the future you need further assistance with a lease rewrite, eviction, or other matter, we will be able to quickly open a new file for that matter.  Paralegal time is charged at a rate of $75.00 per hour and our lawyer time ranges from $220-250 an hour.  If you are a member of MREMA, MAOMA or MHAM, paralegal time is billed at a discounted rate of $70.00 per hour and lawyer time is charged at $175.00 per hour. Call our Lewiston office and ask to speak with Karen Cook, at 207-786-0311, to ask any questions or to set up your account.

Yes.  We have a program called “Lawyers On Line”. For a $300.00 retainer, we open a file for you with all of your basic information. As you have questions or concerns, we are available by telephone or email, and already have your background information from the initial file set up. It is preventative law at its best.  In addition, if in the future you need further assistance with a lease rewrite, eviction, or other matter, we will be able to quickly open a new file for that matter.  Paralegal time is charged at a rate of $75.00 per hour and our lawyer time ranges from $220-250 an hour.  If you are a member of MREMA, MAOMA or MHAM, paralegal time is billed at a discounted rate of $70.00 per hour and lawyer time is charged at $175.00 per hour. Call our Lewiston office and ask to speak with Karen Cook, at 207-786-0311, to ask any questions or to set up your account.


I need to evict a tenant for non-payment, what is the best way to approach this?

Depending on the type of tenancy, you will need to begin by properly serving the tenant with either a Notice of Termination of Lease or Notice to Quit

What is a Notice to Quit or Notice of Termination?

These documents are the landlord’s written notice to the tenant terminating the tenancy, and demanding that the tenant surrender and vacate the leased property.  It is imperative this notice is written properly with all the correct legal language and that each tenant is served in strict compliance with the law, as well as the terms and conditions of your lease.

Does your firm offer a foolproof lease?

Absolutely, whether you are talking about market rent leases or leases for subsidized units, our documents hold up in Court.

Is there a book available with this information?

Yes. We offer three books. The first one is entitled “Maine Landlord-Tenant Statutes and Commentaries”, which is a compilation of current statutes with supplemental commentaries and case citations.  The second book is entitled “Landlord-Tenant Relations: Process and Procedures.” which is 200+ pages with sample notices, leases, and termination of tenancy forms as well as information on how to handle abandoned property, illegal evictions, late fees, security deposits, bankruptcy, civil rights issues, and much, much more.   For mobile home parks, we offer “Landlord-Tenant Relations in Mobile Home Parks: Land Leased Communities Process and Procedures.”

How can I protect myself from bad tenants in the future?

In addition to checking references of prior landlords and employers, you can access criminal history, the sex offender registry and credit reports for information about prospective tenants.

What happens if I get sued?

Even when you do everything right, allegations can be made, complaints can be filed and you can be sued.  Shankman and Associates has successfully represented hundreds of landlords and property managers in the various courts in Maine and before the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Our Three Locations

Lewiston

472 Main Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240

207-786-0311

Topsham

2 Melcher Place
Topsham, Maine 04086

207-729-1181

Yarmouth

305 Main Street
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

207-846-7760

Lewiston

472 Main St
Lewiston, ME 04240

Topsham

2 Melcher Pl
Topsham ME 04086

Yarmouth

305 Main St
Yarmouth, ME 04096,

DISCLAIMER:   This website is not, nor is it intended to be, “legal advice”.  While a great deal of care has been taken to provide accurate, current and unambiguous information, it should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.  Contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding a particular issue.