Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: February 7, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Vacate is a 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 a chance to correct), such as causing substantial property damage. The tenant must move out within seven (7) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Vacate

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

  • Causing substantial property damage
  • Interference with the quiet enjoyment of other persons
  • Creation of a public nuisance

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 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 Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Massachusetts landlords may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Leaving the notice at the other party’s address of record
  3. Only if the notice is otherwise undeliverable: Obtaining an order of notice from a court

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.