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:

 

Good neighbor tips:

 

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:

Know Your Code!

Community Disruptions: http://www.montana.edu/knowyourcode/comdisruptions.html

 

 

Be a Champ!

 

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.

Committee Members
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