In the first posting of this multi-part series we will cover some frequently asked questions regarding Montana Landlord-Tenant law.
Q: When are move-in condition reports required?
A: A written move-in condition report is required if there is a security deposit. If there is no security deposit then a move-in condition report is not required.
See MCA – 70-25-206
Q: Is a landlord required to notify the tenant of any cleaning necessary prior to deducting cleaning expenses from a security deposit?
A: Yes. A landlord must provide the tenant with a notice, which includes the type of cleaning required, and a 24 hour period to perform any necessary cleaning prior to deducting cleaning expenses from a security deposit. This does not apply if the tenant moved out without notice.
See MCA – 70-25-201
Q: When can a new rule be in effect if it substantially modifies a tenant’s bargain of their rental agreement?
A: The new rule would not be in effect until after 30 days notice for month-to-month tenancies, or after the initial term of the agreement for tenancies longer than month-to-month.
See MCA – 70-24-311
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Sarnen is owner/founder of Montana Property Education and is a State of Montana approved real estate instructor. He is also a licensed property manager, broker and owner of Blue River Property Management, LLC. in Helena, MT www.blueriverpm.com.
This information provided by Montana Property Education is provided for informational purposes only; it is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice.