Massachusetts Eviction Notice Forms

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A Massachusetts eviction notice form to pay rent is a written document that states a tenant has a certain number of days to pay the rent 14 in Massachusetts or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for evictions in Massachusetts. The state of Massachusetts provides sample forms that may be used for Failure to Pay Rent and Lease Termination for at will tenants

Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices and types of notices for all possible grounds for evictions.

Information Required for all Massachusetts Notices

A Massachusetts landlord is expected to provide some basic information on all notices. This information includes:

  • The name of the tenant(s)
  • The address of the rental property
  • The reason the notice is being issued
  • The amount of time the tenant has to correct the issue or vacate the property
  • The signature of the person issuing the notice

Acceptable Ways of Delivering Notices

In the state of Massachusetts a landlord may deliver eviction notices in a variety of ways. The notice may be provided to the tenant by:

  • Personal delivery to the tenant or his/her spouse
  • Through 1st class mail delivery. If the tenant fails to pick up an eviction notice delivered through registered or certified mail, the tenant is not considered to have been legally notified.
  • Having a sheriff or constable serve the tenant with the notice

Types of Eviction Notices

Each possible grounds for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.

Eviction Notice for Failure to Pay Rent – 14 Day Notice to Quit

In the state of Massachusetts, a landlord is required to provide a tenant with a written 14 Day Notice to Quit before proceeding with the eviction process for failure to pay rent. The tenant has 10 days to pay the outstanding rent so long as he/she has not received a 14 Day Notice to Quit in the last 12 months.

Along with information that must be included in all Massachusetts eviction notices, the 14 Day Notice to Quit must include:

  • A statement informing the tenant of his/her right to stop the eviction process by paying the outstanding rent within 10 days so long as he/she has not received another 14 Day Notice to Quit within the past year.
  • Indication of the amount of rent owed

Get the downloadable 14 Day Notice to Quit template form below (.pdf direct link)

Eviction Notice for Lease Violation

Although the state of Massachusetts requires that a landlord provide a tenant with a written notice indicating that he/she is seeking to terminate the rental arrangement when the tenant has violated terms of the lease, the state does not provide specific details as to the length of the time the notice must allow the tenant.

Eviction Notice for Illegal Behavior – No Notice Required

In the state of Massachusetts a landlord is allowed to terminate a tenancy immediately when a tenant uses the rental property for illegal gambling, prostitution, or the illegal sales or storage of alcoholic beverages, or the production, possession, or sale of illegal drugs, certain weapons, and explosives. The landlord may begin eviction proceedings immediately without sending a notice to the tenant.

Lease Termination Notice for Tenants at Will – 30 Day Notice to Quit

In the state of Massachusetts, a landlord is required to provide his/her month to month “at-will” tenant with a 30 Day Notice to Quit before proceeding with the eviction process.

Along with information that must be included in all Massachusetts eviction notices, the 30 Day Notice to Quit must include:

  • The exact date that the tenant is expected to vacate the property

30 Day Notice to Quit