Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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 written Notice To Vacate by any method which results in actual notice to the tenant. The burden of proof is on the landlord to prove delivery. These are some common methods for notice delivery in Massachusetts:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail, with the tenant’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.