Moving to Montana?

Montana is one of the largest states in the Union, with one of the lowest population densities. This makes it one of the first places many people think of when they consider a move to somewhere with more space and less crowding.

From condos, townhomes, and duplexes in some of the larger towns to single family houses with land, there are many housing options across the state.


Why Move to Montana

Whether you’re looking to leave at the foot of the stunning peaks in the western part of the state or in the more temperate east, looking through our listings will help you find the best and most affordable homes for rent in Montana.

The top reason that people give for moving to Montana is its natural beauty. Some people visit and fall in love and others just see photos and video, picture themselves living life away from the rat race, and decide to move. Others have ties to the state through family, jobs, or college and decide to move closer or stay on after visiting for a while.

Still others move for the hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation or because Montana is one of the few states in the nation where large tracts of land are still available. Whatever your reason for moving to Montana, there are a few things that will make moving there easier.

Things to Know

Like any other relocation, it is important to have employment and housing figured out before you move. This is even more important in a state like Montana because jobs can be hard to find and often pay less than in other, more densely populated states – some locals refer to this as the “Wilderness Tax”. Work is easier to find in places like Bozeman and Kalispell, but the cost of housing and other living expenses are higher there as well. Many newcomers to Montana show up without a solid job or plan, and these people usually end up leaving within a few years. Avoid that problem by searching for housing first and then making sure you will be able to earn enough to cover your expenses.

Another thing to keep in mind, especially if you are moving from a warmer or more populated area, is the weather and terrain. Expect lots of ice and snow in winter, which means keeping a set of snow tires or chains for your vehicle and possibly taking vitamin D in winter to counteract the effects of short days and long, dark nights. Also learn from the locals how to be safe in case you run across bears, elk, or other wildlife and what sort of emergency supplies you should keep in your vehicle.

Renting in Montana

Landlord and Tenant Rules in Montana are governed by three different laws – the Landlord Tenant Act, the Security Deposit Act, and the Mobile Home act. The full text of these are linked below, but the  Montana Renter's Rights & Duties Handbook, a guide from the Montana Supreme Court & Legal Services Association, provides a good review of them.

Renter’s Resources

Landlord Tenant Act (70-24-100) 

Security Deposit Act (70-25-100)

Mobile Home Act (70-33-100)

Tenant’s Rights & Duties Handbook

Montana ( Newcomer’s Page

Montana Maps

Montana Employment

Motor Vehicle Dept.

Montana Winter Survival Guide