Information on Evictions

Landlord Evicting Tenant

(This is NOT applicable to mobile home parks)

Cause

Proper Notice

Remedy

MCA Reference

Non Payment of Rent 3 Days Correct or quit 70-24-422(2)
Unauthorized Pet 3 Days Correct or quit 70-24-422(1b)
Unauthorized Person 3 Days Correct or quit 70-24-422(1c)
Destruction of Property 3 Days No Remedy 70-24-422(3)
Potential for Injury 3 Days No Remedy 70-24-321
Refusal of Access 14 Days Correct or quit 70-24-424
General Noncompliance 14 Days Correct or quit 70-24-422(1)
No Cause* 30 Days No Remedy 70-24-441

Tenant Terminating Lease

Cause

Proper Notice

Remedy

MCA Reference

Repairs: Emergency 3 Days Correct or quit 70-24-406
Repairs: Non-emergency 14 Days Correct or quit 70-24-406
Unlawful Entry See Below** See Below** 70-24-410
Failure to Deliver Premises 5 Days Correct or quit 70-24-405
Fire, Natural Disaster 14 Days No Remedy 70-24-409
No Cause* 30 Days No Remedy 70-24-441


* Only applies in the case of a month to month rental agreement.

** State law also allows for termination of a rental agreement if a landlord enters the premises without giving proper notice, however the stipulations are unclear. You should seek counsel prior to taking this action.

The term "Correct or quit" is frequently used in the property management industry. Essentially it means to either remedy the situation or to vacate the premises.

If essentially the same violation occurs within a 6 month period, there is cause for eviction without remedy.

Find out what the Montana Landlord/Tenant Act says about evictions:

70-24-411. Unlawful ouster, exclusion, or diminution of service -- tenant's remedies.

70-24-422. Noncompliance of tenant generally -- landlord's right of termination -- damages -- injunction.

70-24-424. Refusal of access -- landlord's remedies.

70-24-426. Remedies for absence or abandonment.

70-24-427. Landlord's remedies after termination -- action for possession.

Montana Landlord/Tenant Law on personal property:

70-24-430. Disposition of personal property abandoned by tenant after termination.

If I have to go to court, how much will this cost me?

Go HERE for a list of fees

What is a Civil Lawsuit - Possession of Premises?

Go HERE for information on gaining possession of the premises with a Civil Lawsuit

Find information on eviction at these sites:

MontanaLawHelp.org