Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to terminate a periodic (i.e., weekly or monthly) or fixed-term rental agreement. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate

A Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates the following types of tenancy:

  • A fixed-term rental agreement
  • Any periodic tenancy (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month)
  • An expired lease
  • A rental with no written lease where the tenant pays rent on a monthly basis

Some types of Maine lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Maine 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Maine landlords and tenants delivering a written Notice To Vacate must make three (3) good faith efforts to hand deliver the notice to the other party in person. Afterward, notice may be posted at the other party’s property, plus delivered by first class mail with a certificate of mailing.

Mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.