Wyoming legally requires landlords to meet certain “habitability” requirements for all rental properties. This means that they’re responsible for providing a property that meets specific health and safety standards and for fixing issues that violate them.
In Wyoming, every legal obligation between the landlord and the tenant can be changed or waived through a written agreement. None of the default standards apply if the written lease explicitly says otherwise.
Wyoming Implied Warranty of Habitability
In Wyoming, the implied warranty of habitability means that a landlord must provide and maintain a safe and habitable rental property. “Implied” means the requirement applies whether or not the lease agreement specifically says so and even if the lease tries to waive the obligation.
Examples of clear habitability violations include:
- Exposed electrical wiring.
- A pipe leaking human waste.
- A broken front doorknob that won’t lock.
However, the implied warranty of habitability does not guarantee that anything at the property will be pretty, clean, new or issue-free, so it doesn’t cover things like peeling carpet or dents in a wall. It only guarantees basic health and safety.
Landlord Responsibilities in Wyoming
Note: Check local city/county laws and ordinances for additional requirements.
|Has To Provide?
|Has To Fix / Replace?
|Air Conditioning / Heating
|Washer & Dryer
Landlord Responsibilities for Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords must provide and maintain adequate heating for rental properties that don’t qualify as seasonal rentals (like summer cabins). They don’t have to provide air conditioning.
Are Landlords Required to Provide Air Filter Replacements in Wyoming?
Wyoming landlords don’t have to maintain or replace things like air filters, unless heating equipment won’t work otherwise.
Landlord Responsibilities for Plumbing in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are responsible for providing and maintaining operational plumbing, as long as the renter uses the plumbing fixtures in a sanitary and reasonable way.
Are Landlords Required To Provide Hot Water in Wyoming?
Wyoming landlords must provide and maintain running heated water for rental properties.
Are Landlords Responsible for Fixing Clogged Drains & Toilets in Wyoming?
Wyoming landlords are responsible for fixing clogs the renter didn’t cause through inappropriate use of the property.
Are Landlords in Wyoming Responsible for Fixing Leaks?
Wyoming landlords are responsible for fixing leaks the renter didn’t cause through inappropriate use of the property.
Landlord Responsibilities for Kitchen Appliances in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords don’t have to provide or maintain kitchen appliances such as a dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, or refrigerator.
Landlord Responsibilities for Electrical Issues in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are responsible for providing and maintaining electrical service, except relating to issues which are caused by the renter’s inappropriate use of the property.
Are Landlords Responsible for Replacing Light Bulbs in Wyoming?
Wyoming landlords are not responsible for replacing light bulbs or particular light fixtures.
Landlord Responsibilities for Garbage Removal in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords have no specific responsibility to provide or maintain garbage removal. While the landlord has a general obligation to keep the property sanitary, it’s the tenant’s specific job to make sure garbage on the property gets proper disposal.
Landlord Responsibilities for Landscaping in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords have no specific obligation to provide landscaping or maintain it with actions like cutting grass. They only have to deal with issues like fallen trees if they interfere with the cleanliness of common areas, violate local codes, or create a hazard to health and safety.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Mold in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are responsible for most mold issues. While there’s no state requirement for testing, landlords must investigate and fix mold problems since they threaten health and safety, unless the renter caused the issue.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Pests in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are responsible for fixing pest issues the renter didn’t cause, including rats, roaches, mice, bed bugs, and ants.
Landlord Responsibilities for Windows & Window Coverings in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords have no specific responsibility to provide and maintain windows or window coverings. The landlord has to repair broken windows the tenant didn’t cause, since this is a health and safety issue.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Safety Devices in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are responsible for ensuring working smoke detectors are installed at the beginning of the lease.
Are Landlords Responsible for Replacing Batteries of Safety Devices in Wyoming?
Wyoming landlords have no responsibility to replace safety device batteries once the landlord has confirmed that required smoke detectors are operational at the beginning of the lease.
Landlord Responsibilities for Washers and Dryers in Wyoming
Wyoming landlords are not required to furnish a washer or dryer.
Renter’s Rights for Repairs in Wyoming
Wyoming renters have the right to repairs for electricity, plumbing, hot and cold water, and other issues that affect health and safety, unless they caused the issue themselves or are behind on rent. The renter must notify the landlord about issues needing repair in writing only, following special delivery requirements.
If the landlord doesn’t fix the issue within a reasonable time after the first request, the renter must deliver a second written “notice to repair or correct” containing specific information. If the landlord doesn’t repair within three days of this second notice, the renter can sue.
Tenants are not allowed to withhold rent or repair and deduct in Wyoming.
- 1 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1202(d) (2022)
- 2 Merrill v. Jansma, 86 P.3d 270, 287 (Wyo. 2004)
- 3 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1202 (2022)
- 4 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1203(a) (2022)
- 5 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1204(a)(i) - (iv) (2022)
- 6 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1203(c) (2022)
- 7 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1203(b) (2022)
- 8 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1206(b) (2022)
- 9 Wy. Stat. § 1-21-1206(c) (2022)