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.