Landlord Tenant Law Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be evicted during the winter months?
In Montana you can be evicted at any time.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

I do not have a written rental agreement, is that legal?
Montana recognizes verbal rental agreements.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

I have received a three day pay or vacate (may say “quit”) notice for non-payment of rent.  The landlord / manager has threatened to lock me out.  Can he do this?
No.  This is called a constructive eviction and is illegal.  The landlord / manager must seek possession of the property through the court system.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

The landlord / manager is charging me for damages that a friend made to my apartment during a party.  This is not fair.
The tenant is responsible for the actions of his or her guest; therefore, you are responsible for the damages.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

My landlord / manager just walks into my rental whenever he wants, doesn’t he have to give notice?
Yes.  He / she must give a 24 hour notice unless it is an emergency or you have invited the landlord in.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

Can my rent be raised at any time?
Only if you are not in a lease. If you are in a month to month agreement or your lease is coming up for renewal, the landlord/manager must give a 30 day notice of the rent change.  There are no rental caps in Montana.  If you have questions, please call Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319.

Contact information:  Terry Youngworth, 406-453-4311, ext 319, provides information and non-legal guidance to tenants, landlords and others in the housing field dealing with landlord tenant law and housing discrimination.