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Renter evictions growing as economy & foreclosures worse

Evictions growing as economy worsens in Maine

The subprime mortgage crisis led to housing foreclosures across the country. Now the trickle-down effect of economic problems is showing up in rental housing, as well.

Evictions and foreclosures on rental property are growing across the state, and the problem could worsen with winter setting in. In Cumberland County alone, the number of evictions is expected to top 350 this year, an increase from last year's level of 265, WMTW-TV reports.

Everybody is feeling the pressure, from tenants to landlords to civil deputies who serve the papers.

Pat Carter, who has been in the property management business for 13 years, said she finds herself working with both landlords and tenants to deal with rent problems.

"We have negotiated with some of the landlords and asked them to include the heat," Carter said. "We sent out notices to all of our tenants who are paying their own heat, telling them places to go to get some heat assistance," she added.

Renters who fall too far behind risk eviction, a long and complicated eviction process.

On Thursday, Jim Melaugh from the sheriff's department began his day with nearly 30 eviction papers in hand. He had 26 eviction notices to deliver in a 500-unit apartment complex near the airport.

The apartment complex has a mix of traditional and subsidized. Even people who get federal help paying their rent are having trouble there, he said.

Capt. Donald Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department said the deputies are keeping up for the time being, but he worries they'll become overwhelmed if the economy worsens. "Right now, we are holding our own," he said.

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Some people can't win! Either you're losing your home to foreclosure or getting kicked out of your apartment because you can't pay the rent. We're in an interesting time, that's for sure!

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I thought about this very thing happening a while back. I came to the conclusion that perhaps the landlords or owners of the buildings could visit each renter that was falling behind, and maybe work out something so they could stay in the apartment and pay something, maybe 1/2 the monthly rent, rather than leaving the apartment empty, which is most likely where it will wind up because the economy is down. When the landlord evicts, he/she is leaving her/himself without income period. Then it will be the landlord that can't pay his/her taxes.

To me, it makes more sense that it does to leave yourself with zero income.

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