Landlord Tenant Law - Evictions

In Montana, interactions between landlords and tenants are primarily controlled by the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1977 and the Residential Tenants’ Security Deposits. For example, these laws tell landlords how to evict a tenant for nonpayment or destruction of property, and tell tenants how to request repairs to their dwellings. The laws also lay out both the landlord’s and tenant's respective rights and duties.  

This page features information and forms to assist landlords and tenants. Tenants, for example, can access forms for giving notice of moving out, requesting a security deposit back, or in the case of an eviction, answering the landlord’s action for possession of the dwelling. Landlords can access forms for notifying a tenant of terminating a lease, filing a complaint with the Court to evict a tenant, and answering a tenant’s request for the return of a security deposit.

Landlord Forms & Guides

Montana Landlords’ Rights & Duties, Handbook (31 pages)

Notice to Vacate

Action for Possession Packet (Asking the Court to Evict Your Tenant)

Letter Additional Cleaning (Giving Post-Move Notice to Tenant of Additional Cleaning)

Answering an Action for Return of Security Deposit Packet

Writ of Assistance

Tenant Forms & Guides

Montana Tenants’ Rights & Duties, Handbook (29 pages)

Improper Notice of Termination Letter (Telling Your Landlord that the Notice to Vacate was Improper)

Answering an Action for Possession Packet (Answering Your Landlord’s Complaint to Evict You)

Notice of Moving Out

Security Deposit Letter (Asking Your Landlord for Your Security Deposit Back)

Security Deposit Complaint

Montana Laws

MCA Title 70, Chapter 24. Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1977

MCA Title 70, Chapter 25. Residential Tenants’ Security Deposits

MCA Title 70, Chapter 26. Landlord and Tenant Residential and Commercial

MCA Title 49, Chapter 2, Part 3. Prohibited Discriminatory Practices

Federal Law

42 U.S. Code, Chapter 45: Fair Housing

Landlord and Tenant Resources from Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG), including model forms and checklists

Housing, from MontanaLawHelp.org

Guide to Montana’s Discrimination Laws, from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Human Rights Bureau

Discrimination in Housing, from Montana Fair Housing