2019 Montana Code Annotated
Title 70. Property
Chapter 24. Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1977
Part 4. Remedies
70-24-429. Holdover remedies -- consent to continued occupancy -- tenant's response to service in action for possession
70-24-429. Holdover remedies -- consent to continued occupancy -- tenant's response to service in action for possession. (1) If the tenant remains in possession without the landlord's consent after expiration of the term of the rental agreement or its termination, the landlord may bring an action for possession. If the tenant's holdover is purposeful and not in good faith, the landlord may recover an amount not more than 3 months' periodic rent or treble damages, whichever is greater.
(2) In an action for possession or unlawful holdover, the provisions of Title 25, chapter 23, apply, except that the time for filing an answer under Rule 4C(2)(b) is 10 days after service of summons and complaint, exclusive of the date of service.
(3) If the landlord consents to the tenant's continued occupancy, 70-24-201(2)(e) applies.
History: En. 42-440 by Sec. 40, Ch. 313, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 42-440(3); amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 176, L. 1993.