Maine 7 Day Notice to Vacate

The Maine 7 Day Notice to Vacate is used when the landlord has a legitimate legal reason, that is for any violation EXCEPT non-payment of rent, for eviction.

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This notice is used when the landlord has a legitimate legal reason for eviction other than nonpayment of rent.

The tenancy may be terminated by the landlord with 7 days’ notice in writing given to the tenant, in the event that the landlord can show, by affirmative process, that the tenant, the tenant’s family or an invitee of the tenant:

  • Caused substantial damage to the premises that has not be repaired or has no cause to be repaired before the giving of notice
  • Has caused or permitted a nuisance within the premises
  • Permitted an invitee to cause the dwelling to become unfit for human habitation
  • Has violated or permitted a violation of the law regarding the tenancy

Who: This notice must be completed by the landlord (you) and delivered to the tenant. It can only be served in instances when the violation in question is not related to nonpayment of the rent. If the tenant is behind on the rent, then you will need to complete and serve him/her a 7-day demand for rent.

What: This notice is designed for use by landlords seeking eviction on the grounds that a tenant/family member/guest violated the terms in a lease agreement (other than nonpayment of rent). Essentially, the notice tells your tenants that they need to vacate the premises within 7 days or the eviction process will begin. The notice must include the following:

  • Date of the notice
  • Tenant’s name
  • Property address
  • The nature of the violation
  • Your signature (landlord)

When: This notice must be provided to the tenant a full 7 business days before you file for eviction in a court of law. Note that holidays and weekends do not count in this total.

Tips and Tricks for Landlords:

Note that you can serve the notice to your tenant in several different ways. It’s recommended that you mail it to them, with a certified return receipt. If you go this route, you’ll need to add another 3 days before you can file for eviction. You can also hand deliver it, leave a copy at the premises, or post it at the premises.

Make sure to keep a copy of this notice for yourself, as you’ll need to attach it with the eviction paperwork when you file with the court.

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