Updates to the 2021-2022 Rental Registration Process
Starting Summer of 2021, the Town of Orono is implementing a new, online rental registration process. Current rental owners will still receive an explanatory packet in the mail at the address on file, as we do every year, but instead of containing a pre-filled paper registration application, it will include a supplement to the annual letter that explains how to access the new online system, submit your application, and pay for your registration.
For New Rental Owners:
If you are the new owner of a rental property, or an owner who is planning to rent your property for the first time, you can contact Jessica Chadbourne in the Office of Community Development at 207-889-6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Rental Registration program.
Important Information to Know Before Completing Your Rental Registration:
- Please be sure to fill your Rental Registration Application out in its entirety. No information is being carried over from previous years. So if you have a property manager and/or an emergency contact person, be sure to include their complete contact information as well as your own. Applications submitted missing important information will be delayed until Town Staff are able to reach the owner and confirm the missing details.
- If you own rent more than one property you must submit separate applications for each property. Just as in previous years when submitting paper forms, each of your properties must have a unique application.
- The fee is $25.00 per dwelling unit if paid by September 1, 2021. A fee will be assigned to your application once it has been deemed complete by town staff and you will receive an email instructing you how to pay your fee. You will not be able to pay your fee until you receive that email. It will be sent to the email address you provided in your application, so be sure that your email address is correct. Your rental registration will not be considered complete or valid until both your application and your payment have been received by the Town.
- The fee for registrations received after the September 1st date doubles to $50 per dwelling unit.
- The Town will begin formal enforcement action for rental units not registered by October 15, 2021 which subjects property owners to a penalty of $100- $2,500 per day per violation.
- If you no longer own rental property, please contact Jessica Chadbourne (see above) to update the Town records. Doing nothing may seem easier for you but it will result in the town assuming you are simply ignoring the requirement and a court summons being issued which can only be addressed by appearing in court. So please let us know when you no longer own a rental property or if you decide to no longer rent a unit.
- Uploading Sketches: This year we are requiring all property owners to resubmit sketches of your property to the town. Please use the upload file feature at the bottom of this application to upload a sketch of the lot on which the rental property is located. You can either upload a PDF or a photo of your drawn sketch. Please note that sketches submitted that are illegible or do not contain the above information will not be accepted, and your application cannot be deemed complete without an acceptable sketch. Your property sketch should include:
- General location of the building on the lot
- Parking area(s) on the lot and the number of parking spaces in each area
- Any outdoor trash storage area
- Any fence, hedge or similar vegetation that separates your lot from neighboring lots
- Name(s) of abutting street(s)
- Unrelated Persons: If your rental is currently vacant, and you do not have any tenants, you may note the number of unrelated persons you are allowed to have at your property, according to the rental registration ordinance, in the unrelated persons box. The allowed number of unrelated persons in a rental is determined by zoning district, as follows:
- In a zoning district in which multifamily dwellings are NOT a permitted use, only three unrelated persons can occupy a single dwelling unit.
- In a zoning district in which multifamily dwellings are a permitted use, only five unrelated persons can occupy a single dwelling unit.