The Wyoming rental agreements are legal documents created between the landlord of real property and the tenant who will use it. These contracts describe the property to be used in exchange for regular payments (“rent”), as well as the responsibilities of both parties. Agreements must comply with Wyoming’s landlord-tenant law.
Wyoming Rental Agreement Types
Wyoming Required Lease Disclosures
- Refundable/Nonrefundable Fees (required for some) – Any non-refundable fees that are to be imposed during the lease must be disclosed in the Wyoming lease agreement to be enforced in court (if challenged).
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – A Wyoming residential lease agreement must include a lead-based paint disclosure that provides an EPA-approved pamphlet and any information relating to current hazards in a pre-1978 property so that the landlord can limit liability for damages caused by the paint.
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Wyoming Landlord Tenant Laws
- Warranty of Habitability – Current Wyoming laws only require a landlord to provide their tenant with safe electric outlets, running water, heating, and plumbing. When it comes to repairs, a Wyoming landlord is fairly free to set their own timeframe when responding to a repair request, but it should be completed in a “reasonable” amount of time. Wyoming tenants do not have the option to withhold rent or perform a repair and deduct.
- Evictions – For the purpose of evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent, violating a lease term, or committing a crime, a Wyoming landlord must always issue a 3-day notice. As a result, they can typically wrap up an eviction in just a couple days or can take up to 4 weeks.
- Security Deposits – Wyoming does not maintain a maximum amount that a landlord can charge for a security deposit. However, it does require that all collected security deposits be returned to their tenant within 30 days of their lease closing or within 15 days from a receipt of the tenant’s forwarding address.
- Lease Termination – Wyoming does not require tenants to issue any notice before terminating a month-to-month lease. However, a fixed-term tenant may still need to request termination for one of the following causes: active military duty, unit uninhabitability, domestic violence, or landlord harassment.
- Rent Increases & Fees – Wyoming landlords may raise rent rates as much as they want and are not required to issue any notice prior to an increase taking effect. Similarly, for late fees there is no maximum amount they can charge; however, bounced check fees are limited to $30 in value.
- Landlord Entry – A Wyoming landlord may enter a tenant’s dwelling without permission or notice by default due to a lack of statewide entry requirements. This includes emergency situations.
- Settling Legal Disputes – Landlord-tenant disputes in Wyoming may be heard in the state’s small claims courts. However, these disputes must be limited in value to less than $6,000. These claims also cannot be related to evictions, which are heard in the state’s circuit courts.
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