Thursday, May 7, 2015

 Moving Out of Your Rental?

What You Need to Know

 BY Darlene Beeks


The State of Montana requires both tenants and landlords to provide a minimum of a 30 day written notice to vacate the premises. You can always provide more than a 30 day notice, but the minimum 30 day requirement must be met.


After you have moved out and before the landlord’s inspection, you should clean the premises as the condition permits. Use a checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything and be as detailed as possible. The better you clean, the less money will be deducted from your security deposit. Review your move in condition report, any damages not listed on this report may have been caused by you and may be deducted from your security deposit.


At the request of either the tenant or the landlord, the inspection can be performed up to a week prior to the move-out date.

During the inspection, the landlord will compare the current condition of the premises to the condition of the premises stated on the move-in condition report. Once the landlord has performed their inspection, they are required by state law to provide to the tenant, a 24 hour notice of any cleaning items that need to be addressed by the tenant in order to bring the premises back to the condition it was in when they moved in. If the landlord fails to provide this notice they forfeit the right to withhold monies from the security deposit for cleaning purposes.


The landlord has 30 days to provide to the tenant, a list of any deductions to be made from the security deposit, which includes but is not limited to rent, utilities, late fees, cleaning charges, and maintenance repairs, along with the remaining balance, if any, of the security deposit. The landlord will mail this list to the forwarding address provided by the tenant. If the tenant fails to provide the landlord with a forwarding address, the landlord will mail the list to the last known address.

If there are no deductions to be made from the security deposit, the landlord has 10 days to return the security deposit to the tenants by mail to the forwarding address provided or to the last known address.

If you forget to provide your forwarding address, just give your landlord a call and let them know your new address. Your other option is to go to the nearest post office and submit a forwarding address for your mail. The post office will then forward any mail you received at your old address to your new address.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Who’s in your Neighborhood?

By Tina Keller

          The University District is full of students and I am proud to be one of them. Being a sophomore at the University of Montana I have had the ability to really get involved on and off campus in my couple years in Missoula. In addition to being a member of Neighborhood Ambassadors, I am actively involved in several other student groups, including Fraternity and Sorority Involvement, as I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta (one of the four sororities on campus). 

           Greek life has a pretty big presence in the University District. All four of the sororities are housed in the area, along with five out of the seven fraternities. Many of our chapters take pride in the fact we live in the University District and we try to take care of it! The Greek community partnered with Neighborhood Ambassadors to put on a neighborhood clean up at the end of February. Kappa Alpha Theta also hosted a street clean ups in the past and Alpha Phi adopted the traffic circle off of Gerald and Daly.

          In addition to helping out in our neighborhoods, we help out our local communities by supporting our chapters’ philanthropies. As a community, we supported the local CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, American Heart Association, Reading is Fundamental, Service of Sight, and Huntsman Cancer Institution. This is just a small list, skipping a large chunk of this list for space. In light of recent events that have happened on the campus, Sigma Nu, one of the fraternities, is raising money for suicide prevention. Lastly, we always take an active role in Relay for Life.

          We as members try to positively impact the community. We always love to get support in our efforts by raising money for our many collections (such as book drives). So if you are walking by one of our houses, don’t be afraid to say hello!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Street Cleaning:
By Hunter McClure

Spring is here and that means spring cleaning! You may be wondering why the Missoula streets seemed to be filled with leaves. Well, some streets were not able to be cleaned up
because of the early snow fall this past winter. There will not be a Spring Leaf Pick Up for the streets that were not able to get cleaned before this past winter. Any leaves that fall on resident’s property will be not be swept up and it is the responsibility of the resident to take care of any newly fallen leaves. 

The Street Maintenance Division’s Sweeping Program started up on March 31st and runs through July. Residential streets will be swept twice per year. The program will be cleaning up the streets to make them shine bright after a cold winter. That means there will be certain days when drivers cannot park their car on the street because of the street cleaning. Here is a link to the street cleaning map & parking schedule:

Have a wonderful Spring! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The University District is notorious for its uncontrolled intersections meaning that drivers must be attentive and take extra caution while driving in this neighborhood. Uncontrolled intersections refer to intersections that lack any sort of traffic control device, such as a traffic light, street sign, electric sound, visual signals, etc. Pedestrians must also practice safety measures when they encounter these intersections. Here are some helpful safety tips for drivers and pedestrians when travelling through uncontrolled intersections.  Remember, safety first!
  •  Pay attention to your surroundings
  •  Slow down when approaching intersections
  •  Never assume a driver will yield the right-of-way
  •  Be prepared to stop
  •  Look for vehicles, bikers, pedestrians, animals, etc.
  •  Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or approaching from the right.

Here are some other general tips to keep you safe on the road:

  • If you're biking, walking, or other, wear colorful or reflective gear
  • Don’t text or call while driving
  • Always remember to wear your seat belt(s)
  • Pedestrians always have the right away
  • Never drink and drive
  • Only park in permitted areas

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Taylor is Back!

Taylor worked for the Neighborhood Ambassador Program in the Fall of 2014. We are so excited that she decided to join us again and work for the program this semester. She will be in Area 2 which is also where she lives. 

Here is Taylor's brief bio: 

My name is Taylor McDermott and I am a sophomore at the University of Montana and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Women's Fraternity. I am currently a Business Administration major and plan to earn a degree in Accounting upon my acceptance to the School of Business. I'm so excited to return to the Ambassadors and serve you in our neighborhood!  
From last fall - Taylor helped out with our graffiti removal efforts

Friday, December 12, 2014

Unwrapping the Dilemma of Wrapping Paper

As the holiday season approaches and gifts are shared between friends, family, and loved ones, mounds of wrapping paper can quickly accumulate. It's best to have a strategy ahead of time to deal with this dilemma before the holiday season picks up so that you know how to best prevent waste. Here are a couple of tips:

1) A good present comes with a good story
"This gift is from a sheep herder who guided me to a secret temple on the steep mountain peeks of the Andes Mountains..." No, no, no. Not that type of story! I meant the newspaper! Why even bother buying overpriced holiday wrapping paper when you can get it for FREE from newspaper distributors around town? You could even try to match the story to the person if you wanted to get real personal. Didn't these people do an elegant job in their wrapping?

2) Recycle it
Most, but not all, wrapping paper is recyclable. Watch out for wrapping paper that is heavily dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives (gold+silver+aluminum lining, glitter, plastics).

3) Get creative!
How about having some fun with those mounds of paper! It's not trash at all, but rather supplies for some fabulous paper mache art. A great activity for those of all ages.

Also, don't forget to take pictures of the decorations outside your place for the Holiday Decorating Competition! Pictures are due by Saturday, December 20th. Send your picture to to win a holiday gift basket. Vote for your house or those in your neighborhood by using our Facebook page to determine who wins. May the friendly competition begin!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Preparing for Winter Weather

Looking for ways to save energy and money this winter? Try weatherizing! It's a cheap solution to making your apartment / house more efficient and cozy during the cold winter months. Menards put together this comprehensive video on how and where to install weathreization around your home. These supplies are available at practically any hardware store in town.

Some other things include reducing the heat used in the first place. Instead of going to turn up the thremostate a couple of notches, cuddle up in your favorite sweater or under a blanket. Snuggie time! While you're away from the house, go ahead and turn down the thermostat 10-15 degrees. There's no use in heating an empty house right? This is made easier if you have a programmable thermostat.