Almost everyone has been a tenant at some point in time. It can be an intimidating experience. Too often we hear about tenants who have been charged for damages they did not cause, have been unable to recover security deposits, are living in unsafe or unsanitary rentals, or have been charged inflated prices for minor damages to a rental. Even when a tenant knows the landlord has not complied with the law, it often seems easier to drop the matter.
There are laws in Montana that govern the relationship between landlords and their tenants, from before rental agreements are signed to the return of security deposits. Landlords and tenants each have rights and responsibilities under these laws. There are consequences when a landlord violates the law. here can also be consequences when a tenant does not comply with the law, even when the landlord has already violated the law. If you think you have been the victim of illegal conduct by a landlord, we can help you understand your rights, responsibilities, and options.