Maine 30 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

Maine 30 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a periodic (i.e., weekly or monthly) or fixed term rental agreement. The letter is provided at least thirty (30) calendar days before the end of the following rental period or expiration of the lease term.

When to Use a Maine 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or a tenant may use a Maine 30-Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a periodic (i.e., week-to-week or month-to-month) or a fixed term rental agreement, regardless of length or rent payment frequency. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease or for tenants with an expired lease.

The letter must be provided at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the end of the following rental period or expiration of the lease.

How to Write a Maine 30 Day Notice to Vacate

For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:

  1. State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
  2. Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
  4. For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
  5. Sign the notice and print your name.
  6. For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.

Without this information on the lease termination notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.

How to Serve a Maine 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or a tenant shall make three (3) good faith efforts to serve the lease termination letter in person. If service cannot be made in person, either party may post the notice at the premises, such as on the entry door AND mail the notice to the other party by first class mail with a certificate of mailing.

When sending the notice by first class mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

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