Replying to mckee here:
I am also a land lord and legally i can not dispose of the renters property that was left until after a year, he had no right to touch their property and no right to put on my friends property. He is a sob and is the same one that shot out of season the long horned sheep a few years ago, nothing done to him then either I was told.
Maybe you knew this, but your obligation as a landlord is to make a "reasonable attempt" to provide written notice to your former tenant that the property will be disposed of. After at least 10 days, if they don't respond, it's trash. If they do respond
, but don't deal with the property within 7 days of their response, it's trash. Refer to http://leg.mt.gov/bills/m...24-430.htm
There's a surprising amount of FUD in this thread. No, a landlord cannot enter your home without notification or consent unless there is an emergency. Even if you do not pay your rent, they cannot forcibly evict you without due process. Even if the home is being unacceptably maintained, or even trashed, they cannot evict you without notice and they cannot enter the home unless it is actually on fire
. Landlord or not, someone entering your home without justification or consent is considered criminal trespass at a minimum.
Tenants have obligations as well; to keep the property in good condition, to communicate deficiencies with the landlord, to follow any reasonable rules set by the landlord, etc. Simply paying the rent doesn't mean you can do whatever you like with the property.
Please, read for yourself - http://leg.mt.gov/bills/m.../70_24.htm
. We don't have to speculate about the legality of these things; if they happened, then the parties involved have legal recourse.
Anyway, I'm new here. I've been watching the forum for a while for info on rentals or homes for sale after getting a job in MC this spring. I'm glad to see the info in this thread. The commute from Glendive isn't great, but it sounds better than what some landlords have to offer.
[This message has been edited by Pete (7/2/2014)]