Montana Eviction Laws

The Montana eviction process has different requirements depending on how long the tenant has been renting and the landlord’s reason for evicting them. Most reasons for eviction are due to nonpayment of rent or a breach in the rental contract.

In no way should a landlord take the law into their own hands and remove a tenant. If a landlord does they can be liable to the tenant for all the damages or 3 times the rent, whichever is greater.

3-Day Eviction Notice

A 3-day eviction notice to vacate can be served under the following circumstances:

  • A tenant doesn't pay rent
  • The tenant damages the unit or the premises
  • The tenant houses an unauthorized pet
  • Unauthorized people are living in the rental
  • The tenant commits a criminal offense that could endanger neighbors
  • The tenant refuses to give the landlord access to the unit

A tenant will not be evicted if they remedy the violation that they are committing.

A mobile home owner renting space from a landlord must be given 15-days notice.

5-Day Eviction Notice

Should the tenant have removed or corrected the lease term violation but commits the identical offense again within 6 months, the landlord may terminate the lease after giving 5-days notice.

14-Day Evcition Notice

For non-compliance with the rental agreement that does not include nonpayment of rent or having an unauthorized pet or person living on the property, the landlord must give a 14-day written notice to quit or repair. Remedying the violation within this time halts any court action.

30-Day Eviction Notice

For month-to-month tenancies, the landlord can evict a tenant for any reason, other than for a discriminatory reason or in retaliation for a tenant exercising his or her rights,

Montana Tenant Eviction Notice Requirements

All written notices must contain the specific statute under which it is being issued as well as the following:

  • The address of the unit
  • To whom the notice applies to
  • How the notice was delivered
  • Notice of the lease violation being questioned

A notice can be personally served in person or mailed. A tenant is presumed under the Montana eviction process to have received the notice 3-days after it was mailed. Landlords are also allowed to give verbal “notice,” which can be considered the actual notice.

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