Maine 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: January 23, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Maine 7 Day Notice To Vacate is letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for an “incurable” violation (i.e., one which the tenant isn’t allowed an opportunity to correct), such as threatening violence. The tenant must move out within seven (7) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Maine 7 Day Notice To Vacate

A Maine 7 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Creating or permitting a nuisance
  • Causing substantial property damage
  • Threatening violence or perpetrating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking
  • Committing any other unlawful activity

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 7 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. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
    4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
    5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
    6. Print name and sign the notice
    7. 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 7 Day Notice To Vacate

    Maine landlords must deliver a Notice To Vacate in person by default. If delivery cannot be made, after at least three (3) good faith attempts to deliver notice in person, either party may post notice at the other party’s address of record, PLUS delivery by first class mail with a certificate of mailing. To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days.

    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.