Good Neighbor Committee
The Good Neighbor Committee (GNC) is a collaborative effort between Montana State University, the City of Bozeman and other community partners. Our focus is promoting positive neighborly behaviors and encouraging engagement between community residents and students.
First Time Renter Information
Where do I look for a rental property in Bozeman?
- Searching online for rentals in Bozeman will take you to various sites. A property
management company’s site will list their available rentals. Other resources could
be Zillow, Craigslist, and real estate company sites.
- Bozeman rental resources can be found here.
- Sometime message boards at coffee shops or on campus will list available rentals from individual landlords, or opportunities for individuals seeking roommates. Remember that subletting is only allowed with written landlord permission. . http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0700/chapter_0240/parts_index.html
What is the process for securing a rental?
- Property management companies require an application process. Expect to provide your social security number and other personal and background information. Property management companies will check credit and criminal records, and will also look at a new renter’s employment and rental history. Individual property owners may or may not require an application.
- Property management companies post their application requirements online. When submitting a completed application to a property management company, expect to provide a complete application, as well as a fee ranging from $30 to $50 in Bozeman.
- Once a renter has selected a property, and their application has been approved, that prospective renter will tour the property.
- Securing a rental will require an approved application, a security deposit, first month’s rent, and a signed lease. Read your lease before signing it! ASMSU Legal Services http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0700/chapter_0240/parts_index.html
- Once you have signed your lease, your property management company or landlord should give you a condition report. That condition report should be filled out and signed by both parties within 48 hours of signing the lease.
How to protect yourself as a renter:
- Keep copies of your lease, condition report, and any correspondence you might have with your landlord or property management company!
- Get rental insurance!
- Pick a roommate you trust. If your roommate moves out, you are still responsible for the rent!
- Read the lease before you sign it! Bring your lease to ASMSU Legal Services for review.
- Keep a copy of your lease! You’ll need one for your own reference, as well as a copy to get a parking permit in certain parts of town, and when you get utilities put in your name.
- Get a condition checklist and go over it carefully. Take pictures of existing damage, as well as a room by room video of the rental.
- Keep a copy of paperwork and correspondence with your landlord.
How to be a good renter:
- Put utilities in your name. Buy a parking permit if you live in an area of town that requires it. Mailbox keys (if needed) are available at the US Post office.
- Keep the place clean and in good condition.
- Report damage you have caused.
- Pay rent in full and on time. Creating a budget and even automatic payment is ideal.
Observe City Code:
- Shovel your walks within 24 hours of snowfall.
- Move your car if it is parked on the street every 48 hours.
- Take out your garbage and recycling. Dumping large items like old furniture is against the law.
- Mow the lawn and keep the yard neat!
Good neighbor tips:
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
- Let neighbors know if you are having a party.
- Shovel your walks within 24 hours of snowfall.
- Keep your yard neat – pick up after your pet! Mow your lawn! Rake your leaves!
- Pets must be leashed or within a fence.
How to move out:
- Give proper notice that you plan to move.
- Get a cleaning checklist from your landlord.
- Complete all the cleaning on the checklist provided.
- Take pictures when you’re done cleaning.
- Do a walk through with your landlord.
Living the good life in Bozeman:
- Register your bike! If your bike is lost or stolen, having it registered can help! https://www.bozeman.net/government/police/bicycle-information/bicycle-registration-program
- Hands free driving! Holding your cell phone while driving or riding your bike is not allowed in Bozeman! Please use hands free options while driving or riding – better yet, wait until you’re parked to make that call! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=iEuHMW7ehmo
Good Neighbor Door hangers
The Good Neighbor Committee facilitates three annual "good neighbor" door hanger campaigns. Door hangers are delivered to neighborhoods that have been identified as having a high concentration of students living among full time residents. The door hangers include information about city code compliance topics such as parking regulations, snow shoveling and proper disposal of unwanted household items. Other topics covered include using the Streamline bus service, MSU's code of conduct for students, informing neighbors of party plans, campus winter parking information, fire safety and more. We want to thank local businesses including Joe's Parkway Market and Starbucks for providing tear off coupons for the door hangers.
Parent Off Campus Living Webinar
Each year, the GNC in cooperation with the Parent/Family Association and the Dean of Students Office presents a webinar to parents of freshman that are eligible to move off campus the following academic year. The webinar covers topics such as finding and securing off campus housing, reading a lease, do's and don'ts of leasing and maintaining an off campus home or apartment, tips on finding a good roommate, sophomore and above on campus housing options, fire safety, hoe the code of conduct applies off campus and MSU and Bozeman Police departments tips on being a good neighbor.
Public Service Announcements
The Good Neighbor Committee, with help from KGLT, produced several public service announcements featuring recognizeable Bozeman residents. The PSA's encourage positive neighborly behaviors.
- Ellie Staley - Downtown Bozeman Association
- Charlie Gappmeyer - Bozeman Police Department
- Lindsay Murdoch - Associated Students of Montana State University
- Chris Mehl - City of Bozeman Commissioner
|Tanya Andreasen||Co-Chair/City Neighborhood Coordinator|
|Amy Kanuch||Co-Chair/MSU Community Relations|
|Officer Amy Brooke||MSU Police|
|Taylor Blossom||ASMSU Local Government Liaison|
|Ellie Staley||Downtown Bozeman Association|
|Katelyn Gaffri||Greek Life Representative|
|Laurynn Olson||Office of Student Engagement|
|Maddie Weisz||Neighborhood Association Representative|
|Kevin O'Brien||Peak Property Management - Property Manager Rep|
|vacant||Bozeman City Police Department|
|Vacant||MSU Residence Life|
|Mark Carpenter||Bozeman City Police Department-Code Compliance|
|Erin MacDonald Peck||MSU Dean of Students (Parent/Family Assoc.)|
|Vacant||Bozeman City Fire Department|