A Maine eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has 7 days to pay the rent or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Maine.
Types of Maine Eviction Notices
Each possible ground for eviction has its own notice type. Some notices allow the tenant to fix (“cure”) the issue and continue the tenancy, while others simply state an amount of time to vacate by.
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7-Day Notice to Pay (Nonpayment of Rent)
According to Maine law, rent is considered late if it is not paid within 15 days of the due date.
Once rent is past due for tenants at will, or for tenants whose written lease doesn’t cover written notices prior to termination, the landlord must provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Pay, giving the tenant 7 days to pay the past-due rent amount to avoid eviction.
For all other written leases or rental agreements, the amount of notice required depends on the terms of the written lease or rental agreement. If the tenant does not pay the rent due by the end of the notice period and remains on the property, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the past due rent amount and the following statement:
“If you pay the amount of rent due as of the date of this notice before this notice expires, then this notice as it applies to rent arrearage is void.”
In addition, the notice must also include the following:
“After this notice expires, if you pay all rental arrears, all rent due as of the date of payment and any filing fees and service of process fees actually paid by the landlord before the writ of possession issues at the completion of the eviction process, then your tenancy will be reinstated.”
Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent form template below (.pdf direct link).
7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance)
A tenant can be evicted in Maine if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease or rental agreement.
For tenants with written leases or rental agreements that don’t address the notice period, Maine landlords are required to provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Quit, giving them 7 days to move out of the rental unit. For all other written leases or rental agreements, the amount of notice required is addressed in the lease or rental agreement.
Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, and having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period (if any) expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process. The notice must include the specific lease violation(s).
Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).
30-Day Lease Termination Notice (No Lease/ End of Lease)
In the state of Maine, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.
Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.
Regardless of the length or type of tenancy, at-will tenants must be given 30 days’ written notice before landlords may begin the eviction process.
For tenants with written leases, once the rental agreement or lease term expires, landlords may file an eviction action within 7 days of the date the rental agreement or lease term expired without written notice to the tenant. If at-will tenants remain on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may continue with the eviction process.
The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.
Get the downloadable 30-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).
7-Day Notice to Quit (Material Health / Safety Violation)
At-will tenants can be evicted in Maine if they cause substantial damage to the rental unit and/or make the rental unit unfit for human habitation. Both of these violations materially affect the health and safety of the tenant and/or other residents.
In those instances, landlords are required to provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 7 days to move out of the rental unit.
Examples of material health and safety violations could include letting trash pile up inside the rental unit, providing a harbor for rodents or bugs, or even things like damaging the electrical wiring in the rental unit.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process. The notice must include the specific health and safety violation(s).
Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Material Health/Safety Violation form template below (.pdf direct link).
7-Day Notice to Quit (Illegal Activity)
Tenants who are involved in illegal activity must be given 7 days’ notice before the landlord can proceed with an eviction action.
In Maine, illegal activity includes:
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Violence/threatening violence against the landlord/landlord’s agent or another tenant/guest of another tenant
- Any other violation of the law
This notice requirement applies to at-will tenants and tenants with written leases that don’t specify a written notice period for terminating the lease. For all other written leases, the notice period (if any) is specified in the lease.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period (if any) expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process. The notice must include the specific activity the tenant was involved in.
Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity form template below (.pdf direct link).
What to Include in Main Eviction Notices
Under Maine law, all eviction notices must contain the following (or a similar) statement:
“The tenant has the right to contest the termination in court.”
It may also be a good idea to ensure that the notice also includes the name and contact information of the person being evicted, just to be sure the correct person receives the notice.
The landlord will also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand-delivered.
Delivering Eviction Notices in Maine
In the state of Maine, landlords can deliver an eviction notice through the following methods:
- Delivering the notice to the tenant in person;
- Mailing the notice to the tenant via first class mail AND leaving a copy of the notice at the rental unit or tenant’s last known residence.
Note that mailing and leaving the notice may only be done after three unsuccessful attempts have been made to serve the tenant in person.
Eviction Process in Maine
- An eviction notice is posted by the landlord to vacate or “cure” the issue.
- If the tenant does not vacate when required to do so, a complaint is filed by the landlord with the county court.
- A hearing is held and judgment issued.
- If an eviction is granted, a Writ of Possession is posted at the property, giving final notice to the tenant to remove their belongings.
- Finally, the sheriff returns possession of the property to the landlord.
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