Illegal Eviction Procedures in Wyoming
In most states, landlords must follow specific rules and procedures when evicting a tenant (see the article How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know, on this site). See the Laws and Legal Research section of this site for advice on finding and reading statutes.
States (either by statute or court decisions) typically forbid landlords from taking the law into their own hands. Examples of illegal “self-help” evictions include changing the locks, removing the front door, or turning off the heat or electricity.
Depending on the situation, a tenant may be able to sue a landlord in Wyoming for an illegal eviction. Before doing so, be sure to consult with an attorney who is experienced with landlord-tenant law in Wyoming. See the article Tips on Hiring and Working With Lawyers on this site for advice.
If you feel that a landlord has acted illegally in terminating your tenancy, it’s also a good idea to get advice from a local tenants’ rights group in Wyoming. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website includes information on tenant advocates for each state.
For a wide range of other articles of interest to tenants, see the Renters’ and Tenants’ Rights section on this site.