Maine Month-to-Month Lease Agreement
The Maine Month-to-Month Lease Agreement is a method of short-term renting where the tenant rents in increments of one (1) month. The lease is unique in that it has no set end-date; with a requirement of only thirty (30) days notice required by law, either the lessor or lessee can terminate the agreement (as per § 6002). If the landlord is looking to raise the rent, he or she must provide at least forty-five (45) days of notice before doing so, according to § 6015. If a landlord is looking for a lease contract that does have a set end date, a standard one (1) year lease should be used.
Maximum Security Deposit (§ 6032): Two (2) month’s rent.
Terminating with seven (7) days’ notice: In special circumstances, the landlord can revoke a monthly-renewing lease with written notice of only seven (7) days so long one (1) of the following hold true:
- The tenant (or another party known by the tenant), has caused substantial unrepaired damage to the rental.
- The tenant, the tenant’s family, or someone known by the tenant or one of their guests caused or allowed a “nuisance within the premises,” caused the property to be unfit for living, or violated the law as stated in the rental contract.
- The tenant has gone seven (7) or more days past their payment due date.
- The tenant has done any of the following in regards to another tenant: domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
- The tenant or their guest has done any of the offenses as described in point four (4) to a tenant, a guest of the tenant, an employee/agent of the landlord, or the landlord themselves. Note: The section does not apply if the perpetrator of the offense is a victim themselves (as described in § 6000).
- The person that is living in the rental is not permitted to reside there.