Wyoming Tenant Rights Laws

Whether you rent a house out in the country or an apartment in the heart of Cheyenne, there's a good chance you'l need to reference various landlord-tenant laws at some point during your tenancy. Although the state allows many issues to be dictated by the terms of your rental agreement, Wyoming does have its own set of statutes governing certain aspects of the rental process, in addition to federal and local law. Read on to learn more about Wyoming tenant rights laws.

Tenant Rights: Discrimination, Habitability, and More

Wyoming does not have as many tenant rights laws as other states. However, state and federal laws do prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, disability, and other protected traits. These laws prohibit a variety of conduct, such as refusing to rent to someone or offering discriminatory terms based on their protected characteristics.

Additionally, all tenants have the right to live in safe, sanitary conditions, fit for human habitation. This means the landlord must maintain common areas, heating systems, hot and cold water, and make needed repairs, among other services necessary for health and safety. However, if the cost of repairs is unreasonable in light of the rent charged or the nature of the rental agreement, your landlord may refuse to make those repairs and can even terminate the rental agreement by giving you 10 to 20 days' notice.

You are also entitled to receive a refund of your security deposit and a written itemization of deductions taken out within 30 days after your tenancy terminates or within 15 days after the landlord receives your new mailing address, whichever is later. However, your landlord may not withhold portions of the deposit for damage caused by reasonable wear and tear.

Wyoming Tenant Rights Laws at a Glance

The following chart provides a summary of important Wyoming state laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship, including links to key statutes.

Statutes

Security Deposits

  • Limit: No statutory maximum
  • Must return all or part of the security deposit within 30 days of termination, along with written itemization of deductions made for costs including:
    • Unpaid rent
    • Damages beyond reasonable wear and tear
    • Cost to clean unit
    • Other costs included in the rental agreement

Paying Rent

  • May raise rent according to lease or rental agreement terms

Living Conditions

  • With reasonable notice, landlord may request entry to unit for certain reasons including:
    • Making repairs
    • Inspecting unit
    • Showing unit for rent or sale
  • Landlord must maintain premises in habitable condition, including electrical, heating, and plumbing systems
  • Landlord and tenant may agree to other repair and maintenance conditions by explicit written agreement signed by the parties

Discrimination

  • No discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin

Ending or Renewing a Tenancy

  • To renew lease, parties must agree in writing
  • Eviction: court order required; must give at least three days' notice before commencing action

Retaliation

  • No statute prohibiting landlord from retaliating against tenant for exercising tenant rights

Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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