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Eviction Notice Types in Maine

It’s necessary to provide the correct type of Maine eviction notice to the tenant you’re removing from your property. If you don’t, the eviction could be overturned or take significantly longer to complete.

You must give your tenant the precise legal document for the situation, detailing a valid legal reason for the eviction under ME statutes. This will also affect how long you must give the resident as notice before they have to leave the property. 

As seen below, there are a few different options in Maine when completing an eviction.

7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment)

If the tenant doesn’t pay rent on time or within the state-mandated 7 day grace period, you can serve them with a Maine 7-Day eviction notice. This requires the tenant to either pay the rent owed or to quit the property within 1 week.

Assuming the tenant pays the rent within this time given, the notice will be null and void. However, if payment isn’t made, and they still refuse to leave, the landlord can sue the tenant in court. 

7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance)

If a tenant fails to comply with the terms of the lease, aside from not paying rent, Maine landlords may issue them with a 7-Day Notice to Quit. This gives them 1 week to correct the issue or leave the property unless the lease contract specifies a longer time period.

Assuming the tenant corrects the violation, the notice will be rendered invalid. A new eviction warning will need to be issued if other breaches of the contract occur. 

However, it’s also possible to issue an unconditional 7-Day Notice that doesn’t give the tenant a chance to correct the violation. This only normally happens when more severe transgressions take place.

30-Day Notice to Quit (Month-to-Month)

ME Landlords with tenants on flexible monthly rental agreements may end the tenancy without cause, as long as they provide a 30-Day Eviction letter. 

If this is used, the tenant must leave the property within 30 days of this notice being delivered.

Be aware, however, if you continue to accept rental payments during this period, the notice will be considered null and void. This also does not include any payments of owed back rent.

Maine Eviction Laws

An eviction notice in Maine is only legally valid if it provides the correct amount of notice based on the purpose for the lease termination. The reason you evict the resident must also comply with ME law.

In Maine, you may evict someone for the following reasons:

Reason Notice duration
Nonpayment of rent 7 days' notice (after a legal grace period of 7 days has passed)
Non-Compliance 7 days' notice
Illegal Activity 7 days' notice
Substantial Property Damage 7 days' notice
Lease Termination 30 days' notice

Maine Eviction Process

Evicting a tenant in Maine follows a strict legal process. When issuing an eviction notice, you must make sure that you correctly:

  • Detail the reason the lease is being terminated.
  • Provide sufficient time for the tenant to respond.
  • Serve the notice in a legally appropriate manner.

In most cases, that is enough to make a tenant vacate on their own. However, as eviction is a lawsuit procedure, it may be necessary to take additional steps if the resident refuses to leave. 

To complete an eviction process in Maine you will need to:

  1. Serve an eviction notice with the correct notice period and a legal reason to evict.
  2. File for Forcible Entry and Detainer eviction in a local Maine District court if the tenant doesn’t obey the notice.
  3. Attend the court hearing in person to make your case to the judge.
  4. Request a Writ of Possession from the clerk of the court if the judge rules in your favor. This can be obtained 7 days after the judgment is handed down.
  5. Deliver the Writ to local Maine law enforcement.

If the tenant refuses to leave within 48 hours after the Writ has been served, the authorities may carry out a forced eviction.

Eviction Notice Sample

Before starting your own Maine eviction notice, it can help to see what a real sample of this legal document looks like. Find out how an eviction notice should appear on paper with our template example below.

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Other Real Estate Documents

There are several other legal documents that can be useful for landlords or when managing real estate. If you are currently renting out a property, or plan to do so in the future, use the following documents below to ensure your property is properly looked after: 

FAQs About Maine Eviction Notices

Before starting your eviction notice for real, it is sensible to understand the ins and outs of these important legal documents. Read more about Maine’s eviction notices in our FAQs below and learn how to use these forms effectively.

How to Evict Someone in Maine?

To successfully evict a tenant in Maine state, the landlord or property manager must serve a legally valid eviction notice. This must provide the correct number of days to comply and a legitimate reason to evict. It can be served in person, to a family member, someone else living on the premises, or left in a conspicuous location and mailed.

If the tenant doesn’t comply and vacate the property as instructed, the landlord will then have to petition a Maine District Court for an eviction judgment. If the judge rules in the landlord’s favor, they will then be able to use a local marshal or sheriff to forcibly evict the tenant.

How Long is the Eviction Process in Maine?

The eviction process in Maine usually only takes around 1-2 months to complete. If a properly prepared eviction notice is delivered, this is often enough to get the tenant to leave or cure the issue (if allowed). This can reduce the time down to as little as 7 days from when the notice has been served.

How to File an Eviction in Maine

If a tenant doesn’t comply after being served with a legally valid Maine eviction notice, it will be necessary to file a Forcible Entry and Detainer case against them. To do this, the landlord will need to visit their local Maine District Courthouse and file the case with the clerk of the court and provide the following evidence:

  • A copy of the lease agreement
  • The eviction notice that has been served (including proof of service)
  • Proof of any violations such as photographs, police reports, or receipts
  • Any witnessing parties to the violations
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NOTICE TO TERMINATE TENANCY
_________
_________
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_________, Maine _________
TO TENANT(S), ALL OTHER RESIDENTS AND UNNAMED OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES LOCATED AT:
_________, _________, Maine _________
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT:

(i) You are a Tenant for the Premises described above, of which you now hold possession.

(ii) Your Lease and/or rental agreement creates a month-to-month tenancy.

(iii) In accordance with the aforementioned lease and/or rental agreement and the laws of the State of Maine, _________ shall give you at least THIRTY (30) days written notice prior to the termination of your tenancy.

(iv) By serving you this Notice of Termination, the Landlord is exercising its right to terminate your month-to-month tenancy. Consequently, you shall vacate the Premises and turn over possession of the same to _________ or its agents, within THIRTY (30) days after service of this NOTICE.

Failure to vacate the premises within the time period specified above will result in forfeiture of the lease and/or rental agreement. In addition, the owner or landlord will be entitled to institute legal proceedings against you to recover rent, damages and possession of said premises.
Reserved Rights

The Landlord retains and shall be entitled to enforce the rights and remedies provided under the lease and/or rental agreement and under any applicable laws of the state of Maine at any time in connection with any and all defaults or events of default now existing or hereafter arising. Nothing in this notice may be construed as a waiver of such rights and remedies.
Dated: _________

By: ______________________________
_________

_________, _________, _________ _________
_________
PROOF OF SERVICE
I, the undersigned, declare under penalty of perjury and pursuant to the laws of the state of Maine that I served the above notice, of which this is a true copy, on the following tenant(s) in possession in the manner(s) indicated below:

- On ____________________, I handed the notice to the tenant(s) personally.

- On ____________________, I handed the above notice personally to a person residing at the tenant's address who was at least 18 years of age and the tenant signed acknowledging acceptance.

- On ____________________, I mailed a true copy of the document by:

     (   ) Regular mail

     (   ) Registered mail

     (   ) Certified mail

Postage fully prepaid, addressed to the tenant(s) at his/her place of residence.

- On ____________________, after attempting service in the manners indicated previously, I posted the notice on the door of the Premises.



Executed on _______________________
Served by _________________________
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