Just trying to find a place to rent and find out what the laws are
In Maine a landlord is allowed to collect the first month's rent and a security deposit of up to two months' rent.
Old-school Maine landlords often refer to this as "first, last and security" but it's the same deal.
I hope that this is some help.
I represent lenders, landlords and creditors. This answer is based on the viewpoint of a creditors-rights attorney. It's possible that a debtor / tenant / consumer lawyer would provide a different answer or focus on different nuances of the situation. More importantly, it is impossible to provide a reasoned legal opinion in response to any brief internet writeup. My response here is not, and is not intended as, a reasoned legal opinion or legal advice to anyone, including the person who posed the question. Even so, I hope that my comments are some help.
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