Maine Eviction Process & Laws | Free ME Eviction Notices

A Maine eviction begins after the landlord has attempted to contact the tenant for either a noncompliance/nonpayment or terminating their tenancy at will. If the lessee has either, not fixed the issue or vacated the property, the landlord may file Compliant for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Form CV-007). The court may recommend mediation (See Instructions) if there is sufficient evidence of a dispute on behalf of both parties. If presented with a lawsuit the lessee should use the Tenant's Rights Guide.

NonPayment Laws - 7 days Title 14, § 6002(1)

NonCompliance Laws - 7 days Title 14, §6002§6025

Month to Month Laws - 30 days Title 14 §6002

Entry and Detainer Laws Title 14, Chapter  709

Types of Notice

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…

Maine 7 Day Notice to Quit or Cure | NonCompliance

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…

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….

Process How to Evict a Tenant

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.