Please contact us if you have any questions.

Rent Payments

  • Tenant shall pay this sum in advance, without demand by Landlord, on the 1st day of each month. Rent Payment options are as follows:
    • A Check made payable to Boyer Properties, LLC. Tenant shall mail or deliver payment to the Landlord at the office of Design Builders, Inc., 2810 Central Ave, Unit C, Billings, Montana 59102. If the office is not open, a rent drop box is provided, next to the main entrance. Rent payments in full not received in the office by the 3rd of the month will be charged a late fee of $75.00. If the 3rd of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Tenant shall pay rent on the previous Friday, as any payment received on the following Monday will be considered late, and late charges assessed accordingly. Tenant Name and rental address must be on the check
    • Automatic Deduction from a checking account between the 1st-3rd of each month. An authorization for direct payment form must be filled out, signed, a voided check attached and given to Boyer Properties, LLC no later than the 25th of the prior month for automatic deduction. Once this form is filled out and signed it will remain in effect until written notice is received by Boyer Properties, LLC. This notice must be given to Boyer Properties, LLC no later than the 25th of the prior month. IF funds are not available for any reason such as but not limited to: account closure or non-sufficient funds Tenant will be subject to late fees of $75.00.
    • If Tenant chooses to pay with a check instead of an ACH or make any changes to the ACH those changes must be given in writing by the 25th of the prior month.

Move Out Procedure:

  • Give a written 30-day notice to landlord including:
    • The date of your last day.
    • The date you are giving notice.
    • All parties on the rental agreement must sign the notice.
    • Your current phone number.
  • Once landlord has received your notice you will receive a confirmation in the mail.
  • Your deposit may not be used toward your last month’s rent.
  • Keep in mind that if your lease is not up you will be responsible for the rent until either your lease is up or a new qualified tenant has been found. (Please contact landlord for more information.)

Breaking Lease Procedure:

Termination of the lease by Tenant prior to the expiration date will result in an agreed upon charge of $500.00 as liquidated damages as Landlord damages are extremely difficult to determine. Liquidated damages may include, but are no limited to, showing expenses, cold weather checks, application processing, and application inquiry fees. Tenants shall surrender the premises in a clean and rent-able condition. Tenant Shall return all garage door openers or Tenant will be responsible for cost of replacing. Tenant shall be responsible for advertising costs. Tenant shall be responsible for rent and utilities as they become due for the remainder of the lease term, or until the premises have been re-rented prior to the expiration of the lease term. Once premises have been re-rented the lease shall terminate. Landlord and Tenant shall comply with the Residential Tenants’ Security Deposits, 70-25 MCA.

Cleaning Requirements upon Move Out:

  • Please remove all nails, but do not fill nail holes or touch up paint.
  • All windows and screens must be cleaned inside and out.
  • All window treatments must be cleaned free of dust and marks.
  • All walls, trim, railings, ledges, and doors wiped clean of marks and dust.
  • All closet shelves are to be washed off.
  • All light fixtures cleaned (please make sure there are no bugs in them).
  • All light switches and outlets wiped off.
  • All vinyl floors are to be washed.
  • All carpets are to be professionally shampooed.
  • All heat registers and cold air returns are to be cleaned.
  • Sweep out the basement.
  • Sweep and or hose out the inside of the garage.
  • Sweep off patio area and make sure lawn is free of debris.
  • All light bulbs and smoke detectors should be in working order with correct bulbs.
  • Garbage
    • The garbage container may be full as long as I am able to roll it out to the curb and the lid is able to close.
    • No garbage is to be left outside the unit, at the curb, or in the garage.
    • $75.00 or more to remove garbage or items left behind (this includes any items of garbage that don’t fit inside the container with the lid closed)
  • Bathrooms
    • Clean tub, lavatory, mirror, sinks, and countertops.
    • Clean inside and outside of cabinets.
    • Clean shower door, if there is one.
    • Clean the exhaust fan so it is free of lint and dust.
  • Kitchen
    • Clean the inside and outside of the oven and exhaust fan or microwave (don’t forget to clean under the stove). There is no charge for dirty drip pans.
    • Clean the inside, outside, and under the fridge. Please leave plugged in when you are done. (don’t forget to clean under fridge)
    • Clean the outside of the dishwasher and inside if need be.
    • Clean the inside and outside of all the cupboards.
    • Wash off the countertops and sink area.
    • Make sure all appliances remain plugged in
  • Helpful Hints:
    • Soft Scrub with bleach can work miracles (just be careful not to get it on the carpet). I use it on the showers, white vinyl around the windows, marks on the inside and outside of the fridge, marks on the front door, and to remove grease around the stove area.
    • Dishwasher detergent does a wonderful job on the mini blinds. This will prevent water spots and seems to clean them very nicely.
    • Refrigerator: Unplug it and leave the doors open for a short time (maybe even an hour) before washing it out and it will be much easier. Don’t forget to plug back in when done.
    • There are sponges called Mr. Clean magic erase that work wonders on marks on walls and other areas.

Price List For Cleaning and Damages:

  • Cleaning
    • $35 per hour
  • Carpets Shampooed if scheduled through Boyer Properties:
    • $130 Two Bedroom One Level Central Townhome
    • $155 Three Bedroom Two Story Central Townhomes
    • $120 Two Bedroom One Level Pryor Townhomes
    • $120 Two Bedroom Two Story (no loft) Pryor Townhomes
    • $150 Two Bedroom Two Story with Loft Pryor Townhomes
  • This cost is provided there are no major stains
    • $50 pet fee for any unit that has a pet in it
  • Light bulbs per bulb
    • Central Townhomes
      • Can Lights: 23 watt Halogen (replaced the 65 watt)
      • Bath Lights: 43 watt Halogen Globes (replaced 60 watt)
      • Fan/Light combo: 23 watt Florescent
      • Bedrooms: 43 watt Halogen (replaces 60 watt)
      • Garage and Basement: 72 watt Halogen (replaced 100 watt)
      • Exterior: 60 watt LED
    • Pryor Townhomes
      • Dining Light: G40 clear 150 watt
      • Kitchen Light: Florescent tubes F32T8 700 series 32 watt
      • Bath Lights: 43 watt Halogen Globes (replaced 60 watt)
      • Bedrooms: 43 watt Halogen (replaces 60 watt)
      • Garage and Basement: 72 watt Halogen (replaced 100 watt)
      • Exterior: 60 watt LED
  • Torn Screens
    • $15 -this is the minimum charge for the smallest window, price increases with size of window (patio doors start at $65)
  • Door opener
    • $50 -Per opener
  • Nail Holes
    • There is no charge for small nail holes, but if there is a large hole that requires patching there will be a charge according to bid. Please do not fill nail holes. If you fill nail holes yourself, you may be charged. Remove all nails
  • 3 ring binder with Manuals
    • $25.00

Prices are subject to change.

Policies for Lease Violations

These are a Landlords rights under the Montana Landlord Tenant Act,
specifically MCA 70-24-422.

  1. 3-Day notice to remove unauthorized person
    • All adults living in the rental must go through the application process. Once approved then placed on the rental agreement. If not approved they are not permitted to move into the rental.
    • When a person not on the rental agreement moves onto the premises a 3-day notice is served. In the event you do not remove the person within 3- days of this notice, you must vacate the premises and surrender possession to me within 3- days after this notice is served upon you.
    • Keep in mind if you get married your new spouse will need to go through the same application process.
  2. 3-Day notice to remove unauthorized pet
    • Tenant shall not bring, keep, or allow to be kept, any pet on the Premises without the written consent of the Landlord. Landlord may, in its own discretion, withhold consent for any reason.
    • When a pet is brought onto the premises a 3-day notice is served. In the event you do not remove the pet within 3- days of this notice, you must vacate the premises and surrender possession to me within 3- days after this notice is served upon you.
    • Keep in mind that this pet policy is in effect for all guests also. Even guests who are on the premises for a short time are not permitted to bring their pets.
  3. 3-Day notice to pay rent or quit
    • Rent is due on the 1st of every month and if not received by the 3rd of the month it is late.
    • When rent is not received by the 3rd a 3-day notice is served to pay rent and late fees or vacate the premises. IF funds are not available for any reason such as but not limited to: account closure or non-sufficient funds this means rent was not received.
    • Keep in mind you have the option of auto deduct payments.
  4. 14-Day notice to pay late fees
    • Rent payments not received in the office by the 3rd of the month will be charged a late fee of $50.00 for the first day of each month, and $5.00 per day thereafter, retroactive to the 1st day of the month. If the 3rd of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Tenant shall pay rent on the previous Friday, as any payment received on the following Monday will be considered late, and late charges assessed accordingly.
    • When late fees are not paid at the time the late rent is received a 14-day notice to pay the late fees or vacate the premises is served.
  5. 5-Day notice to terminate rental agreement due to nonpayment of rent
    • After 2 late rent payments within a 6-month period a 5-day notice will be served. The law in Montana (MCA 70-24-422) allows a tenancy to be terminated upon 5- days notice for a repeated noncompliance of the terms of the rental agreement that has occurred within a 6- month period of time.
    • Tenant is still responsible for all rent and late fees during the time they are occupying the premises. They are also responsible for all required cleaning and damages upon termination.
  6. 14-Day notice to terminate rental agreement
    • This is typically served for ANY lease violations such as but not limited to neighbor complaints about noise, smoking, parking.
    • If the issue is not remedied within the 14- days, the rental agreement shall terminate as provided herein. If substantially the same act or omission that constituted this noncompliance for which this notice is given recurs within 6- months from this date, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement upon 5- day’s written notice specifying the breach and the date of the termination of the rental agreement. A recurring violation of this act or omission will result in a 5- days’ notice to terminate the rental agreement.
    • Any second violation of the same or similar act will result in a 5-day notice termination of tenancy. Understand this 5-day notice is not negotiable. Once you receive a 5-day notice you only have 5-day to be out of the premises.
  7. Just a reminder that you as the tenant are responsible for your guests adhering to the lease agreement when it comes to but not limited to: Parking, No-smoking, no pets, and quiet enjoyment. For example if a guest of yours disturbs a neighbor and that neighbor writes a formal complaint you will be the one receiving the lease violation notice.
  8. What to do if your neighbor is violating a lease agreement: Please don’t feel like a snitch or that you are a complainer. We welcome your written documentation of any violation. All we ask is that everything be in writing, including as much detail as possible. We will then take the appropriate action as we have mentioned above.

Plumbing 101

Garbage Disposals:

  • Items that should not be put in your disposal: grease, coffee beans or grounds, large chunks of food, rice, inorganic waste, potato and carrot peels, corn husks, celery stalks, eggshells.
  • How to clean if smelling:
    • Ice cubes and then lemon peels.
    • Vinegar and baking soda
  • How to use:
    • Always run disposal with cold water
    • Run disposal and water for 30 seconds after you hear grinding stop
  • Tenants are responsible for disposals that are plugged by tenant misuse.

Toilets:

  • No Bleach or products containing bleach may be used in the toilets
  • Do not flush: Paper towels, baby wipes, household cleaning wipes, facial wipes, facial tissue, diapers, sanitary items, flushable wipes, condoms, cotton balls or swabs, q tips, dental floss, bandages, food or needles.
  • The only thing that should go in a toilet is human waste and toilet paper.
  • Tenants are responsible for unplugging toilets that re plugged by tenants.

Sinks & Tubs:

  • Do not use flake pipe cleaner, liquid drain or any other similar products.
  • Bath bombs that contain essential oils, cornstarch, cocoa butter, bits of flowers and even glitter will eventually clog up your drains.
  • Do not let dental floss go down a sink or tub drain.
  • Unclogging drains:
    • Pour ½ to 1 cup of liquid dish soap directly into the drain. Wait 20-30 minutes and flush with very hot water (2-3 quarts of boiling water)
    • 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup baking soda. Cover drain with a plug or stopper. Wait 20-30 minutes then flush with boiling water

Appliances 101

Dishwasher:

  • Remove all stickers prior to placing new dishes in the dishwasher
  • Scrape large chunks of food off prior to putting dishes in the dishwasher
  • Place larger dishes on the lower rack
  • Cleaning the Dishwasher
    • Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run on low. Mid-way though the cycle, stop if for 15-20 minutes to let the vinegar work its magic and then continue with the cycle.
    • Fill detergent holder with powdered lemonade, tang or crystal light and run and empty cycle. Not only will it freshen the smell, it powers off mineral deposits, too.
    • Clean out any food or garbage at the bottom of the dishwasher
  • Only use detergents specifically designed for Dishwashers. Powders work better then gels.
  • Do Not use: Dish soap for sinks or hand soap

Clothes Driers:

  • Clean the lint trap after every use!
    • Wash it every 3 months with a bit of laundry detergent and rinse it thoroughly.
  • Don’t over lead your drier
    • Large loads take longer to dry and use more energy.
  • Clean out the lint trap by removing the screen and use a dryer lint brush to clean inside the trap itself.
  • Clean the drum by giving the inside a wipe down with a microfiber cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any dryer sheet residue. Let it dry thoroughly

Clothes Washers

  • Load washer and set cycle correctly
    • Don’t overload washer and make sure you choose the correct settings to allow clothes to clean
    • Too many clothes in the basket can also throw off the balance.
  • Use the right amount of detergent. Too much soap will leave a soap residue in the drum
  • Clean the wash tub once a month. Run two cups of vinegar in a empty washing cycle. When done wipe out with a microfiber cloth.

Fridge:

  • Common issues on top shelf, back and middle of shelf, there is a possibility of items freezing or being colder than usual.
  • Don’t over crowd as when you do it reduces the air flow.

Heating and Cooling 101

Heating and Cooling in General:

  • Boyer Properties, LLC will have the furnace filters changes and the system serviced 3 times a year by a professional technician.
  • Freestanding humidifiers may be used by tenant only if tenant uses distilled water in the humidifier. Tap water will produce calcium and plug up the furnace filter
  • If the temperature is the same at the thermostat as what you have set it for then it is working.
  • In a two story unit you will have a 7-10 degree difference between the main floor and the upstairs.
  • You may need to adjust the registers to control temperature better. For example in the summer close several registers on main floor and open wide up the registers upstairs. In the winter months you do the opposite.
  • Thermostats may not be changed from what is currently installed by our licensed Heating and Cooling contractor.
  • Fresh air intake in the unfinished basement is to remain open and unobstructed.
  • Thermostats take 2 AA batteries and it is tenants responsibility to change this when the thermostat shows low battery.

Heating

  • Never leave your heat below 62 (or turn heat off) when it is 60 degrees or colder outside.

Cooling

  • It must be at least 70 degrees outside before you start using your air-conditioner.
  • When it drops below 70 degrees outside in the evening the air-conditioner must be turned off.
  • The lowest setting you your air-conditioner may be set at is 70 degrees
  • Your air-conditioner will cool only 15-20 degrees below what it is outside at the thermostat. So when it is 95-100 outside you probably will only get the temperature down to 80.