Your lease or rental agreement should spell out your landlord’s key rent rules, including:
- the amount of rent (there are no limits to how much a landlord can charge in Wyoming since there are no communities with rent control in the state)
- where rent is due (such as by mail to the landlord’s business address)
- when rent is due (including what happens if the rent due date falls on a weekend date or holiday)
- how rent should be paid (usually check, money order, cash, and/or credit card)
- the amount of notice landlords must provide to increase rent
- the amount of any extra fee if your rent check bounces, and
- the consequences of paying rent late, including late fees and termination of the tenancy.
Wyoming state laws do not cover most of these rent-related issues.
Wyoming Rules on Late Fees
Rent is legally due on the date specified in your lease or rental agreement (usually the first of the month). If you don’t pay rent when it is due, the landlord may begin charging you a late fee. Wyoming state law does not cover late rent fees. If your lease or rental agreement does not say anything about late fees, your landlord may not impose one, no matter how reasonable it is.
Amount of Notice Wyoming Landlords Must Give Tenants to Increase Rent
Wyoming state law does not cover notice required to increase rent.
Rent Increases as Retaliation or Discrimination
Wyoming landlords may not raise the rent in a discriminatory manner—for example, only for members of a certain race.
Wyoming State Laws on Termination for Nonpayment of Rent
States set specific rules and procedures for ending a tenancy when a tenant has not paid the rent. Wyoming landlords may file for eviction when rent is three days or more late and tenant has been given at least three days’ notice. A landlord can also terminate with an Unconditional Quit notice. (Wyo. Stat. §§ 1-21-1002 to 1-21-1003.)
Wyoming Guide to Tenant Rights
For an overview of tenant rights when it comes to paying rent under Wyoming landlord-tenant law, see http://www.lawyoming.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Private-Landlord-Tenant-Laws-FAQ.pdf.