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Maine 30 Day Lease Termination Letter | Tenancy at Will

The Maine thirty (30) day lease termination letter, according to Title 14 §6002, is used by a landlord to inform a month-to-month or “at-will” tenant of the landlord’s intention to terminate the lease agreement. The notice provides the tenant with thirty (30) days to vacate the rental unit. Failure of the tenant to move out within thirty (30) days provides the landlord with the right to file an eviction lawsuit (otherwise known as a “forcible entry and detainer complaint”). Download the thirty day notice here (link opens in a new tab/window). How to Write Step 1 – Enter the current date in

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Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit or Cure | Non-Compliance

The Maine seven (7) day notice to quit or comply, following Title 14, §6002 & §6025, is used to notify tenants who are in breach of their lease agreement that they have seven (7) days to either fix (i.e. “cure”) their violation(s) or move out of the rental property. If the tenant fails to comply with the notice within the seven day period, then landlord can file a forcible entry/detainer complaint (aka eviction lawsuit). Download Link: PDF Format (link opens in a new browser tab/window) How to Write Step 1 – Print out the form. Put the “date of notice” at the

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Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit or Pay | NonPayment of Rent

The Maine seven (7) day notice to quit or pay, in accordance with Title 14, § 6002(1), is intended to be served to a tenant when they have failed to pay rent. The notice provides the tenant with seven (7) days to either pay the rent or vacate the rental unit. If the tenant does neither (does not pay the rent and does not move out) within the seven day period, the landlord has the right to file an eviction lawsuit in court. The eviction suit is otherwise known as a “forcible entry/detainer complaint.” After the complaint has been filed, the

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How to Evict a Tenant (Process)

Maine eviction processes begin with the landlord serving the tenant with a notice to quit (or depending on the circumstances, a notice to “cure”). The length of notice periods range from the minimum of seven (7) days to up to thirty (30) days. Seven day notices are issued to tenants who have failed to pay the monthly rent, or are in breach of the lease agreement. Thirty day notices are used to inform month-to-month or “at-will” tenants that the lease agreement is being terminated. The notices allow the tenant to either comply with specific demands (such as pay rent, “cure” a non-compliance, or vacate), or face an eviction action. The landlord must allow the tenant the full notice period to pay the owed amount of rent, cure the violation(s), or move out of the rental unit before an eviction action (otherwise known as a complaint for “Forcible Entry and Detainer”) can be filed in court.

Step 1 – Serve the tenant with the proper notice form. If the tenant has not paid their rent, use the seven (7) day notice to quit form. If the tenant has committed a lease violation then use the seven (7) day notice to quit/cure. Month-to-month tenants must be served with the thirty (30) day lease termination notice. The notice should be served personally, and in the presence of a witness (if possible). If the notice cannot be served by-hand (and at least three attempts were made), then it can be sent via certified mail to the tenant (along with a second copy being posted on the premises of the rental unit).

Step 2 – If the tenant fails to comply with the notice, the landlord can then file an eviction action at the district court of the county where the rental property is located. Before an actual hearing occurs, the court may order that both parties try to solve the issue on their own with the help of a third-party (and court-appointed) mediator. This will happen in the courthouse, and if the mediation fails, then a hearing will occur.

Step 3 – If a judgement is entered against the defendant (i.e. the tenant), the court will provide them with seven (7) days to vacate the premises of the rental property. If the tenant does not vacate the property within seven days, the court will issue a writ of possession (demanding that the tenant vacate the premises within 48 hours). The writ will most likely be served by a Sheriff or constable. If the tenant fails to vacate the rental unit (within 48 hours), they will be considered an illegal trespasser.