Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 17, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

A Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate is an eviction letter only delivered to the tenant for verbally abusing the landlord or allowing unauthorized occupants or pets to reside at the premises. The tenant has the option to fix the violation or move out within three (3) calendar days.

When to Use a Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

Use a 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate to begin the eviction process in Montana:

  • If the tenant violated the lease with unauthorized occupants.
  • If the tenant allowed unauthorized pets to stay at the premises.
  • If the tenant abused the landlord verbally.

If none of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 3 Day Notice to Quit – If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
  • 3 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant is engaging in the criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs, unlawfully in possession of a firearm, explosive or hazardous materials, involved in gang related activity or any other illegal conduct prohibited by law.
  • 5 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant committed the same or a similar lease violation, after a previous notice of noncompliance, within a six (6) month period.
  • 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant violated the rules with too many occupants residing in the rental unit, failed to maintain the premises in a clean or sanitary manner or violated any other provisions of the lease.
  • 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or landlord is terminating a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease. This letter may also be used for tenants that do not have a written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write a Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

The Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Specify the rule or lease violation;
  4. Enter the date when the violation must be cured;
  5. Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
  6. Include the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  8. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve a Montana 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

A landlord can deliver notices in Montana using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt or first class mail with a certificate of mailing;
  3. Sending the notice electronically (via email message) if agreed to by both parties.

When sending the notice by certified or first class mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.