Posted by J Cole on October 13, 1999 at 17:29:26:
location: Eureka, Montana
written rental agreement (month to month) Rent due date: 1st of ea month
premises: lower floor of house which is separated by adjoining staircase with door at top of stairs.
Both upper and lower floors have separate outside doors as entrances.
Question: Is landlord required to give 30 days written and/or verbal notice of intent to change terms of rental agreement?
Rental agreement states electric utility bill to be split 50% landlord 50% tenant
Shortly after tenancy began landlord approached tenant with 'verbal change in agreement'
utility bill to be paid 2/3 landlord 1/3 tenant. Landlord made 2/3 1/3 calculations on a copy of each utility bill and presented to tenant. Tenant agreed and for 17 mo's have paid electrict
utility bill in this fashion. On 9/12 landlord gave tenant written letter stating intent to change billing percentage to 50/50 effective with
October billing cycle. On 10/1 Tenant gave 30 days written notice to vacate. 10/10 landlord presented tenant with utility bill for August and now demanded payments to begin with August billing cycle on 50/50 basis. Tenant protested. Landlord threatened to deduct from security deposit if tenant did not comply.
Is this within legal rights of the landlord?
I would appreciate your response,
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