Montana Code Annotated 2017



Part 3. Rights and Duties of Parties

Landlord Authorized To Adopt Rules

70-33-311. Landlord authorized to adopt rules. (1) A landlord may adopt a rule concerning the tenant's use and occupancy of the premises. A rule is enforceable against the tenant only if:

(a) its purpose is to promote the convenience, safety, or welfare of the occupants in the premises, preserve the landlord's property from abusive use, or make a fair distribution of services and facilities held out for the tenants generally;

(b) it is reasonably related to the purpose for which it is adopted;

(c) it applies to all occupants in the premises in a fair manner;

(d) it is sufficiently explicit in its prohibition, direction, or limitation of the tenant's conduct to fairly inform the tenant of what the tenant shall or may not do to comply;

(e) it is not for the purpose of evading the obligations of the landlord; and

(f) the tenant has notice of the rule at the time that the tenant enters into the rental agreement or when the rule is adopted.

(2) A rule adopted by a landlord must be in writing and must be given to each tenant residing on the premises and to each new tenant upon arrival.

(3) If a rule is adopted after a tenant enters into a rental agreement that involves a substantial modification of the rental agreement, it is not valid until after 30 days' written notice in the case of month-to-month tenancies.

History: En. Sec. 22, Ch. 267, L. 2007.