New Law Cuts Deal To Save Heat For Lower Rent 

The Maine Attorney General’s office and a legal assistance group are at odds over details on a new law that that allows landlords to cut a deal on heating costs in exchange for lower rent.From Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Matt Dyer, says that the law will allow negotiations for temperatures between 68 and 62 degrees Farenheit for tenants. This clarifies ambiguity over minumum temperature requirements. But an opinion offered last year by Attorney General Steven Rowesays there is no legal minimum temperature. Spokeswoman KateSimmons says the new law doesn’t change that.Additionlly, this agreement is not allowed in rentals for occupants younger then 5 years old or older than 65 years of age.