Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the specified date of termination.

When To Use a Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate

A Massachusetts 30-Day Notice to Vacate terminates the following types of tenancy:

  • A rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease
  • A situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly
  • An expired lease

Some types of Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Massachusetts landlords and tenants may deliver a written lease termination notice by any method which results in actual notice to the other party. The burden of proof is on the delivering party to prove delivery. These are some common methods for notice delivery in Massachusetts:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail, with the other party’s signature used as proof of delivery
  3. Delivery by constable or sheriff

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.