Massachusetts Lease Termination Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 27, 2023 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Massachusetts lease termination notice is a document which officially announces the upcoming end of a rental tenancy. Either a landlord or tenant may give notice, in most cases at least 30 days in advance.

Types of Massachusetts Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Lease Type
7 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy Daily / Weekly
30 Day Notice To Vacate Monthly / Yearly

Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

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A Massachusetts 7 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy terminates a day-to-day or week-to-week tenancy, as well as a situation without a written lease where the tenant pays rent daily to weekly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least seven (7) calendar days before the termination date.

Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Massachusetts 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease, as well as an expired lease or a situation without a written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the termination date.

How To Write a Lease Termination Notice in Massachusetts

To ensure the legal compliance of a lease termination notice:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, 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 Calculate Expiration Date in Massachusetts

The “clock” for a lease termination notice starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and terminate a tenancy as of June 30th, delivery of the termination letter must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

How To Serve a Lease Termination Notice in Massachusetts

Massachusetts landlords and tenants may deliver a lease termination notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Posting at the party’s address of record
  3. Hand delivery to an agent or representative of the other party
  4. Electronic notice, if the parties have agreed in writing that this form of notice is acceptable

If an electronic notice returns as undeliverable, a conventional form of notice must be used instead. Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

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