Maine Month to Month Rental Agreement Template

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The Maine Month to Month Lease Agreement Template enables those participating in an at-will rental arrangement to enjoy the security that accompanies having a written lease. Such a document acts as protection for each party from confusion regarding their agreement as well as assurance that each party may be held accountable for his/her actions should they be in violation. This is because it is documented on paper, dated, and signed. This action will attach lessor and lessee to this agreement by confirming as of a certain date it has been discussed, understood and agreed to by all signature parties. The State of Maine will take this very seriously.

For instance, while a tenancy at will gives either the lessor or the lessee the right to terminate the agreement, it does require that thirty days’ notice is given. This is a strict requirement which has very few exceptions (Title 14 § 6002). In addition, to protection from sudden departure, the existence of the lease itself, as well as the roles it assigns, protects the property itself as well as the security deposit of the tenant. This will also define the rights of each individual clearly according to the law and the contract itself.

Minimum Termination Period – 30 days

Laws – Title 14 § 6002

How to Write

Step 1 – The first paragraph will set two individuals to the lease as of a particular date. Enter the full name of the landlord, the full name of the tenant, and the date of the lease on the blank spaces provided (in that order).

Step 2 – The “Premises” paragraph will define the property for this agreement. Enter the address of the property then enter the city of the property.

Step 3 – The “Lease Term” paragraph will define the time period and disclose legal information. Enter the start date of the agreement in the space provided.

Step 4 – The “Lease Payments” paragraph will define terms of renting. First, write in the monthly rent amount then enter it as a dollar amount on the first two spaces. Then enter the time of day, month, and year the first rental payment is due.

Step 5 –  In the “Late Charges” paragraph will define the results of the tenant not paying the rent on time. Enter the calendar day of the month that marks when the rent shall be considered overdue and a penalty will be charged. Next, enter the dollar amount that shall be charged for every day the rent is past due. Finally, enter the calendar day of the month where nonpayment results in a lease violation.

Step 6 – The “Insufficient Funds” paragraph covers the event of a tenant attempting to pay the rent with a check a bank will not honor. Enter the penalty charge for each check that is denied on the blank line.

Step 7 – The “Occupants” paragraph will place limits on who may live with the tenant. Enter the number of individuals who may live with the tenant without obtaining written permission from the landlord.

Step 8 – The “Assignment and Sublease” paragraph shall determine whether a tenant may sublet or not. If the tenant will be allowed to sublet the property check the first box of this paragraph. If the tenant will not be allowed to sublet, then check the second box.

Step 9 – The “Utilities and Services” paragraph shall determine which party pays for which utilities. Place a checkmark next to each utility and service the landlord has agreed to pay for. If any have not been mentioned they may be entered in the blank space provided.

Step 10 – The “Pets” paragraph shall name the requirements for the tenant to maintain a pet in the rental property. Enter the dollar amount which will be considered security to be held by the landlord in case of pet related damages.

Step 11 – The “Abandonment” paragraph will define when a landlord may check the premises to see if the tenant has abandoned it. In the first blank line, enter the number of days (consecutive) a tenant has gone missing with paid rent where the landlord may enter to investigate the property. Then on the second blank line, enter the number of days where a tenant has been missing while rent is owed that justifies a landlord entering and investigating the premises to check for tenant abandonment.

Step 12 – The “Display of Signs” paragraph shall determine some of the actions a landlord may take to replace a leaving tenant. Enter the number of days before the ending of a lease where a landlord may advertise and show the rental property.

Step 13 – The “Noise” paragraph defines rules concerning loud noise the tenant may cause. On the two blank lines of this paragraph, enter the earliest time of day that furniture may be moved in or out of the property and the latest time of day furniture may be moved in or out of the property.

Step 14 – The “Balconies” paragraph will document whether a tenant is allowed to store items on the balcony, dry clothes, clean rugs, or grill. If the tenant is allowed to perform these actions on the property’s balcony, check the first box in this paragraph (next to the word “shall”). If the tenant is not allowed to perform any of these actions place a check mark in the second box of this paragraph (next to the words “shall not”).

Step 15 – The “Additional Terms and Conditions” section will provide enough blank lines to report any additional aspects to the agreement that has not been previously mentioned but to be considered part of this contract. If there is not enough space, these additional conditions should be reported on a separate document which bears a title, date, and signature of the signing parties then report the document in this section.

Step 16 – The final area of this lease will require the landlord to sign and print his/her name under the heading, “Landlord” and each tenant to sign and print his or her name under the heading “Tenant.”


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