Updated on April 28th, 2023
A Maine 24-hour notice to enter is a letter sent to a tenant to provide notice of an upcoming visit by the landlord. The letter informs the renter that the landlord intends to access the property at a specific date and time. It also describes the purpose of the scheduled visit; landlords can’t enter unless they have a legitimate reason, such as making repairs or performing inspections. The notice can be sent electronically, in person, or by mail so long as the tenant receives it at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.
Landlords must provide tenants with “reasonable notice” before entering the property. Under Maine law, a minimum of 24 hours is considered a reasonable amount of notice. Furthermore, landlords can only enter at reasonable times of the day.
Statute: Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 14, § 6025(2)
The tenant cannot unreasonably refuse entry if the landlord has a valid reason to access the property. Maine landlord-tenant law states that the landlord may enter the property to:
- Perform inspections;
- Provide services or conduct repairs; or
- Display the unit to buyers, prospective tenants, mortgagees (money lenders), workers, or contractors.
Statute: Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 14, § 6025(1)