Fair Housing: Maine

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Maine Protected Classes

(State of Maine Revised Statutes Subchapter 4 §§ 4581 - 4583)

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability
  • Ancestry

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity

  • Order of Protection Status

  • Receipt of Public Assistance1

1It is unlawful discrimination, in violation of this Act...For any person furnishing rental premises or public accommodations to refuse to rent or impose different terms of tenancy to any individual who is a recipient of federal, state, or local public assistance, including medical assistance and housing subsidies, primarily because of the individual's status as a recipient. 

Lewiston Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Lewiston Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Portland (ME) Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Portland Protected Classes

(City of  Portland Municipal Code §§ 13.5-25 and 26; §§ 6-222;[p 75]6-237 [p 87])

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Bangor Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Bangor Protected Classes

(City of Bangor Municipal Code § 195-5)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.