Cost of an Eviction in Maine

Cost of an Eviction in Maine

Last Updated: April 5, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The average cost of an eviction in Maine for all filing, court, and service fees is $172. However, the cost can vary heavily based on the process server’s fee. Evictions shall be filed in District Court.

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In Maine, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Forcible Entry and Detainer”) with the court the following business day.

The landlord shall pay an initial filing fee of $100 for a Forcible Entry and Detainer Action. Additionally, the landlord shall pay a filing fee of $5 to obtain a Summons form from the clerk.

2. Summons Service Fee

Once a Complaint is filed in Maine, the court will issue a Summons. The Summons is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a process server to deliver the Summons to the tenant.

Service fees vary by process server; however, a sheriff may charge $16 for each service and $40 if the process is made in person. [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’] A private process server may charge more.

3. Writ of Possession Service Fee

In Maine, if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Possession. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises. a sheriff or constable must serve the Writ of Possession to the tenant.

A sheriff may charge $16 for each service and $40 if the process is made in person. [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’]

4. Writ of Possession Execution Fee

If a tenant remains at the premises, a sheriff or constable can return to the premises to enforce the writ. A sheriff or constable in Maine can charge $40 [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’] for executing the writ and returning to the property to remove the tenant.

5. Notice of Appeal Filing Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal in Maine, the filing fee is $175. [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’]An Appeal shall be filed within 30 calendar days after the court enters judgment or upon the issuance of the Writ of Possession, whichever occurs first. [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’]