Montana Rental Law
Both the tenant and the landlord have responsibilities and it best to be equipped with the at least the most basic laws for clarity. For instance, many renters assume their landlord’s policy covers their belongings as well. That’s not the case, and they often don’t find that out until after a disaster or a robbery. Your landlord’s policy doesn’t cover anything that’s yours. The only exception to this would be if the loss was caused by negligence on the part of your landlord, and then you would still have to prove it in court. This is where Renters Insurance comes in. You can learn more about it and more by educating yourself on the laws before you rent. If you have a specific question, you are always welcome to call us or visit https://dojmt.gov/consumer/tenants-and-landlords/.
Here are few that are notable.
- A landlord must keep the property in a fit and habitable condition. This includes keeping the electrical, plumbing, heating, and other facilities in good and safe working condition, and supplying running water.
- The landlord must also install an approved smoke detector.
- A landlord may enter a dwelling unit without the tenant’s consent only in case of an emergency; pursuant to court order; when the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises; to make repairs when a tenant has failed to do so after 14 days written notice; or, when reasonably necessary during a tenant’s absence of more than seven days.
- A tenant may not unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord to enter the dwelling unit to inspect or make necessary repairs.
- The landlord generally must give the tenant at least 24-hours notice of the landlord’s intent to enter and may enter only at reasonable times.