In 2013 we moved in to our current rental house. Upon moving in we realized the home may not have been completed & the landlord was "hoping" renters might finish it for him. One example (& my concern) is we found that the windows worked but not ONE SINGLE window had any means of closing off the view (ie: no blinds, no shutters, no drapes, etc). From the front street you can see into our second story master bedroom and anything taking place IN that bedroom. We couldn't undress, walk to/from shower, be intimate, or any other activities where one has "a reasonable expectation of privacy" within the security of their bedroom. This applies to the whole house. There is no fence around the house and the property is at the edge of the development. Behind us is a public "park" where one neither needs MY permission to be nor any obstructed view into our home. Our personal effects, just as our person itself, are visible through EVERY window of the house from locations NOT requiring my permission. The landlord approved installing blinds at OUR expense but REQUIRED they remain after we leave. As a landlord myself in WA, we're required to protect the rights of tenants, privacy included.
I'm not aware of any Montana provision obliging the landlord to protect your privacy by installing window treatments. However, if the landlord is amenable to you putting up blinds, you should ask that the cost be deducted from your monthly rent.
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