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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 20, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Maine, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Response website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Executive Order Regarding Evictions

On April 16, Governor Mills issued an executive order prohibiting landlords or their agents from attempting to evict tenants by a means not authorized by law. The order also prevents writs of possession from being used even if they have already been issued against tenants. The order also addresses tenants who are “at will,” and do not have a legal agreement with their landlord.

Landlords must now provide at least 60 days’ notice, instead of 30, to a tenant asking them to leave. If the landlord attempt to evict the tenant, the order extends the notice time from seven days to 30.

The order does not prevent evictions for law enforcement, public health or other lawful reasons, and the order does not relieve the tenant of their obligation to pay rent during this time.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor of Maine.

Dates Available

Effective immediately. The order terminates 30 days after the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

All tenants.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Contact 207-287-3531.

List of Additional Information

For more information:

Click here for the Executive Order, and click here for the press release.

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