Maine Eviction Notice Forms (3)

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Updated April 04, 2023

A Maine eviction notice is a legal document used by landlords to notify a tenant that they are not in compliance with their lease. This is most commonly for late rent but can be for any type of lease violation. If the tenant does not adhere to the claims of the notice, the landlord may file an eviction action.

By Type (3)

7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment) – The landlord may use this form of notice to let the tenant know they must pay the full amount of rent within seven days or face eviction proceedings.

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7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance) –  The landlord may use this form to let the tenant know they must cease the breach of the lease terms (other than non-payment of rent) within seven days or face eviction proceedings.

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30-Day Notice to Quit (Month-to-Month Tenancy) – This form is for use when a landlord seeks to end a month-to-month tenancy.

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Table of Contents

Eviction Laws

Court Forms

Court Forms.

State Instructions (Form CV-100) – Instructions that describe how to file an eviction case in Maine.

Complaint for Forcible Entry and Detainer (CV-007) – If a tenant has broken their lease, the landlord may use this form to petition the court to begin the eviction process.

Request for Issuance of Writ of Possession (CV-195) – Used to request a Writ of Possession when the tenant refuses to leave the landlord’s property after a judgment has been made in the landlord’s favor. The Writ grants the landlord the right to have the tenant physically removed.

Affidavit of Service, Forcible Entry & Detainer (CV-204) – After the tenant has been served a notice of summons, the landlord must file this affidavit which attests that the service has taken place.

Notice of Appeal and Affidavit Forcible Entry & Detainer (CV-206) – Used by tenant to appeal their eviction judgment.

When is Rent Late

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In Maine, rent is considered late if it is not paid on the date specified in the lease. A landlord may not start charging a late fee, however, until the rent is fifteen (15) days late (Title 14 § 6002(1)). A landlord also must also give seven (7) days’ notice to the tenant before beginning eviction proceedings.

How to Evict (Process)

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Step 1 – Before a landlord can go to court to get a tenant evicted, he or she must provide requisite written notice to the tenant that they are in arrears or are otherwise breaching the lease, or that the tenancy will end at the end of 30 days. The landlord must try at least three times to deliver the notice in person. If that fails, the notice may be mailed. The landlord should keep a copy of the notice and evidence that it was delivered. The notice forms are as follows:

Step 2 – If the tenant does not respond to the notice to quit, the landlord then may commence a forcible entry and detainer action by filing the Complaint (CV-007) and Summons (Form CV-034) which must be obtained from the Clerk’s Office ($5 fee) and must pay a filing fee of $75.

Step 3 – The landlord must then take a copy of the Summons and Complaint to the sheriff for service on the tenant. The landlord must provide evidence of service, either from the sheriff, or if the sheriff is unable to serve, then landlord must mail the summons and complaint and file an Affidavit of Service (CV-204) with the court. The tenant will have to receive the summons at least seven (7) days before the date of the hearing.

Step 4 – If the tenant fails to appear at the hearing, the court will issue a default judgment and tenant will have to vacate immediately. If the tenant still fails to vacate, the landlord may obtain a Writ of Possession (CV-195)  from the court and have the sheriff remove the tenant.