The Maine 7-day notice to quit for non-payment is served on a tenant who fails to pay rent on time to notify them that they must pay or quit the premises. If the tenant has a written lease, the landlord must reference the lease conditions to determine the earliest date the notice may be served. If the written lease doesn’t address the earliest date on which a notice can be served, or if the tenancy is at-will (no written lease), the landlord must wait until rent is seven (7) days late before serving the notice to quit. The tenant will be prescribed a notice period in which they must either pay rent or vacate the property.
If the tenancy is at-will, or if the written lease doesn’t specify a notice period, the tenant will have seven (7) days after receiving the notice to pay rent or move out. However, if there is a written lease that states a different notice period, the landlord must comply with the lease conditions.
Laws – § 6002(1)(C)
Rent Grace Period (§ 6028(1)) – Landlords must wait until rent is fifteen (15) days late before charging late fees.