How much do you love your
neighborhood traffic circles? So much
that you want to adopt one and take care of if for life? The Office of Neighborhoods is able to grant $50 grants to some groups
interested in maintaining their traffic circle! It’s a great way to enhance
Missoula’s urban forest, keep you busy in the summer, and
keep your neighborhood looking marvelous.
Want to get even more into nature in your neighborhood? Do you know how many trails the University
district and surrounding areas have? Not
only do we have the famous “M” trail and the less famous but just as beautiful
“L” trail close by, there are many trails in neighboring areas that are within
walking distance! If the switchbacks of the “M” are just a bit too much for
you, try the Sentinel
Fire Road! For more Sentinel trails visit this guide to trails around Missoula. The
Kim Williams trail is a city long trail along the beautiful Clark Fork
River. The trail is well maintained and
a popular walking destination for many in Missoula.
summer is upon us and winter relaxes its icy grip on our beloved city! For most
students, this means a reprieve from the daily grind of classes and a chance to
travel home or abroad. The transitory nature of summer break calls for a
refresher on leases and subletting. Students leaving town for the summer need
to be extra vigilant about the terms of their leases to avoid unpleasant
surprises. Here are three scenarios that could arise during your time away:
1)Sometimes a landlord may have need to
enter the rental to make repairs, supply necessary or agreed services, or
inspect the rental. It is the duty of the tenant to let the landlord onto the
rental property when the landlord has a good reason.
·Unless there is an emergency, the
landlord must give you at least 24 hour’s notice of any plan to enter the
rental and only during reasonable hours.
·If you’ll be away for the summer, let
your landlord know (most leases require you to do this anyhow) and keep an eye out for any emails, voice mails, or texts from
them about entering the rental.
2)It is possible over the summer that
your plans may change. A good friend may want to live with you or you adopt a
pet and move somewhere pet friendly. What happens if you move out early?
·Your rental agreement is a contract
between you and the landlord and is usually for 12 months. If you move out or
stop paying rent before the end of the rental agreement, you may still be
responsible for all of the rent until the end of the rental agreement. This may
be true even if you do not live there anymore.
·If you move out early, the landlord must
try to re-rent the rental at a fair price. You are responsible for the rent
from the time you move out, until the time a new tenant moves in. If the
landlord does not try to re-rent the rental at a fair price, the rental
agreement ends on the day the landlord first had notice that you left the
rental. Then, you are only responsible for rent for the time that you lived
3)In order to save money, you may wish
to sublet your rental.
·You must get written permission of
the landlord. If you sublet the rental without the written permission of the
landlord, you are violating your duties under the rental agreement. Your
landlord can take you to court for violating your agreement.
·Are your other roommates ok with
having a stranger move in? Discuss this and agree on a plan before signing a year long lease.
Follow these tips to protect yourself and your peace of mind during the hazy days of summer! Above all, communication is key. Landlords and roommates will appreciate the courtesy of timely updates on your situation. For more information on this topic, visit the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center website. Disclaimer: The information found on this page are not that of an attorney. Please contact ASUM Legal Services (if a student) or your attorney for legal advice. The information found here is intended for educational purposes only and should be used for ones own pursuit of mitigating disputes
It's not too late to sign up for this year's Run For the Trees Race taking place this Saturday, April 12th! Register online at ci.missoula.mt.us, call (406)721-PARK or stop by Currents Aquatic Center. You can also register at McCormick Park on race day. Race starts at 9am. Run for a great cause! Proceeds benefit the Missoula Urban Forest which plants trees in our parks, streets and schools. Runners get a free T-shirt and their very own tree seedling to take home! The Neighborhood Ambassador team will be there cheering on 10K runners at Bonner Park where we will be hosting a water table. You don't want to miss this opportunity to come out and run for a great cause!
As a renter, you have the responsibility to vacate the
premises in good condition.Also, there
is a couple hundred dollars of your money that would be awesome to get
back.Here are some tips to help you get
the most of your money when you move out:
Check your lease agreement for your
landlord’s deposit refund requirements.
Losing your key or forgetting to
return it. Landlords have the right to charge you for changing all the door
locks. Sometimes, this could cost you a couple hundred bucks or your whole
Haphazard cleaning. Landlords
can charge you absurd rates for re-cleaning.Take the time to clean well because this will heavily influence your
Some Cool Renter's Rights:
Request an inspection from your
landlord. You have the right to a move-out inspection within a week of the
end of your tenancy. You can then clean things that your landlord mentions in the
You cannot be charged for “normal
wear and tear”. Take pictures of the residence just in case your landlord
doesn’t uphold this rule.
Find the best deal on carpet cleaning:
1)Get moving on this. Carpet
cleaners are busy this time of year!
2)Check for coupons in the
Valpak or ask for a student discount.
3)Schedule an appointment within
a week of your last day.
4)Now you have your carpets
looking good for the inspection you scheduled with your landlord!