Montana 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 20, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Montana 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal standards to begin eviction against a tenant for a lease violation, such as failing to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Montana 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A Montana 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Failure to maintain the rental unit in a clean and sanitary manner
  • Interference with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors
  • Causing minor damage to the premises
  • Other lease violations

Some types of Montana lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Montana 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and the corrective action(s) necessary to avoid termination
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Montana 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Montana landlords may deliver a Notice To Comply or Vacate by any method which results in actual notification of the other party. State law gives a presumption of legal validity to the following methods: 

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by certified mail, or by first class mail with a certificate of mailing
  3. Delivery of electronic notice (by email), if the tenant has provided an email address in the rental agreement

Electronic notice is considered delivered when the tenant replies (other than an automatic reply), or when the system generates a read receipt. Mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.