A Maine month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.
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How do Maine Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?
A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.
Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Maine landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.
How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?
In Maine, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 30 days’ notice. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14 § 6002
Notice must be provided in written form.
How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?
In Maine, the landlord may raise the rent or change any other lease terms by providing at least 45 days’ notice. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14 §6015.
Notice must also be provided in written form.
There are no laws that will determine how long the landlord must wait between increases, so they will be able to increase the rent more than once a year. The landlord cannot increase the rent because of a change in the tenant’s marital status or the arrival of a new baby.
How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Maine?
After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.
If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Maine. The process for eviction can be completed in 1 to 2 months but can take longer depending on the circumstances.
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