Bill focused on rent increases, notices to vacate met with opposition


    AUGUSTA (WGME)— A bill in Augusta that is focused on rent increases and notices to vacate is being met with some opposition.

    Bill LD 308 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.

    Currently, it’s 45 days.

    Brit Vitalius with the Southern Maine Landlords Association say the bill has 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, you need to get that tenant out,” said Vitalius.

    Democratic Representative Christopher Kessler, the bill’s sponsor, says in a statement that the bill would allow time to plan for hardships.

    “It's the kind of modest protection that promotes stability and peace of mind. It's the right thing to do."

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