Wyoming Landlord Tenant Rights

Laws about rental housing and landlord and tenant rights are fairly sparse in Wyoming. However, there are several rights and responsibilities that both landlords and tenants have under the law. Let's take a look at them.

Landlord Responsibilities

  • Make sure that the rental unit is habitable, including electrical systems, plumbing, heating, and water.
  • Provide a lead-based paint disclosure for units built before 1978.
  • Must state if any fees imposed are refundable or not refundable.

Tenant Responsibilities

Tenants also have responsibilities to their landlords. These include:
  • Keep their unit and all common areas clean.
  • Not damage any part of the property.
  • Pay rent on time.
  • Not exceed the number of tenants identified in the rental agreement.
  • Allow the landlord reasonable access to the rental unit.

Security Deposit

There is no legal limit on the amount of security deposits, although 1-2 months is standard. Landlords may withhold the security deposit to pay for back rent or damages to the rental unit. Apart from those reasons, security deposits must be returned within 30 days of the termination of the lease.

Rent and Fees

There is no rent control in Wyoming, and there is no limit placed on rent increases.

Landlords may impose fees. There are no laws identifying which fees are appropriate, as long as the landlord states whether the fee is refundable or not.

Evictions

If a lease violation (including late payment) occurs, landlords can issue a 3-Day Notice to Quit. Landlords are not required by law to allow tenants to correct the violation, although it's customary to allow this.

If the tenant doesn't meet the terms set forth in the 3-Day Notice, the landlord may begin formal eviction proceedings.

State law prohibits eviction for purposes of retaliation or for discriminatory reasons.

Lease Termination Notice

Wyoming law does not state a minimum amount of time that must be given before terminating a lease. Therefore, it's dependent on the terms of the lease.

Tenants may legally break the lease due to active military duty, domestic abuse, landlord harassment, or in cases of an uninhabitable unit.

Relevant State Agencies

Equal Justice Wyoming

Wyoming Office of the Attorney General

City-Specific Links

Casper:

Casper Housing Authority

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Cheyenne:

Cheyenne Housing Authority

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Electric

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Official Rules and Regulations

Wyo. Stat. § § 1-21-1201 to 1-21-1211; § § 34-2-128 to 34-2-129