Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

A Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit is a legal eviction letter served to the tenant for nonpayment of rent if the amount due is not paid within the 15 day grace period. The tenant shall pay the rent balance due or vacate the premises within seven (7) calendar days.

When to Use an Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit

Use a 7 Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process in Maine if the tenant is late on rent and the balance due is not paid within the 15 day grace period, either in part or in full.

If the above is not true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 7 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant committed an incurable breach, such as permitting or committing a nuisance, substantial property damage, perpetrating or threatening violence or any other unlawful activity.
  • 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant committed a health/safety violation by failing to maintain the premises in clean and sanitary condition, violated health/safety rules with too many occupants residing at the premises or violated any other terms of the lease.
  • 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or the landlord is ending a periodic or fixed term rental agreement. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write an Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit

The 7 Day Notice to Quit form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
  4. Include the total amount to be paid;
  5. The date the total amount is due or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
  6. Include the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  8. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit

A landlord shall make three (3) good faith efforts to serve the tenant in person. If service cannot be made in person, the landlord may post the notice at the premises, such as on the entry door AND mail the notice to the tenant 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.