This page has local legal information on residential (not commercial) renters’ issues. It is not legal advice, and you should check with your local legal aid and courts for current information.
This page was last updated on Aug 26th, 2022. It was reviewed by our volunteer attorney experts.
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Emergency Protections during COVID
Do renters have protections against eviction during the Covid-19 emergency?
Received a Warning Notice about Eviction?
Have you received a warning notice from your landlord, like a ‘Notice to Quit’ or a ‘Notice to Leave’? Find what options you have.
Facing an Eviction Lawsuit?
Has your landlord filed an eviction lawsuit in court? Have you received a Summons and Complaint? Learn what rights and options you have.
Behind on Rent?
Find local programs that can help you with housing costs, or work out a plan with your landlord.
Wyoming's does not have statewide bans on eviction, and the national eviction ban has expired. Landlords may evict tenants in Wyoming now.
Renters can apply for money to help cover rent and utility costs. Reach out here to get housing assistance.
Since there are no special protections in Wyoming, for renters:
Check with your local city or county government to see if they give renters any additional protections if they are struggling to pay rent during the emergency.
If you cannot pay rent, take steps to protect yourself:
Wyoming renters may be evicted during the emergency.
If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, you may be able to get a postponement of any eviction court case against you. If you are in this situation, be in touch with your local courts to request a postponement.
If you receive a notice to quit from your landlord, or an eviction lawsuit, reach out for legal help.
Wyoming renters' utilities may be shut off during the emergency period. Check with your utility providers and local governments, to see if they offer any protections to renters.
Renters must still pay their utility bills. If you need financial assistance for utility costs, you may be able to get help. You can also contact the Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program to help pay for heating costs.
Landlords are never allowed to shut off a renter's utilities in an attempt to force the renter out. This is illegal. Reach out to a lawyer for help if this happens to you.
Tell your landlord about any repairs needed, particularly if they affect your health and safety.
The emergency may delay your landlord's ability to make repairs, but if they are urgent you should call your landlord to make the repairs as soon as possible.
Emergency repairs could be for problems with:
If your landlord doesn't make the repairs promptly, send them a written letter or email about the need for emergency repairs (and keep a copy of this communication).
You may be able to break your lease if you can come to an agreement with your landlord.
Your lease is still valid despite the emergency period.
However, you can talk to your landlord to see if they will agree to let you leave early. If they agree, be sure to get the agreement in writing.
Also, you can review your lease. It may have a part that lets you end the lease early in times of financial difficulty. If your lease has this kind of part, you might be able to break the lease (in some cases penalty-free).
Contact a legal help organization to help defend yourself.
It is illegal for your landlord to evict you without first going to court and getting an eviction order. To remove you from your home, a landlord must take you to court by filing an eviction lawsuit, win the case, and getting an eviction order from the court.
Legal aid groups might be able to provide you with full representation, or other legal organizations can give you information or brief advice.
Eviction cases in Wyoming courts are still proceeding, though likely not in-person. If you are sick or having flu-like symptoms, call your court and your court hearing may be rescheduled.
Be in contact with your local court for more information and updates.
Renters in 3 categories have special national protections against being evicted during the Emergency Period of March 27, 2020 to July 24 or 25, 2020. These national protections add onto any state and local protections you have.
Do you fit in any of these 3 categories?
If you are a renter in one of these 3 categories, the federal CARES Act section 4024 gives you these protections. (Remember, these protections add onto any state and local protections you have)
You do not have to leave your home yet.
In Wyoming, your landlord must give you a 3-day written notice to quit before they can evict you. The notice to quit may be for:
The notice to quit does not have to be anything official. It does not need to be notarized. It does not need to be served by a Sheriff or process server. Typically, the landlord will post the 3-day notice to quit on your door or someplace where you will see it.
The notice may give you the opportunity to either pay your rent or move out. Once you get a 3-day notice to quit, the landlord is not required to accept rent if you are behind on rent. If you do not receive a 3-day notice, this is a potential defense against the eviction.
In Wyoming, the landlord cannot change the locks or remove your property from the home. Some bad landlords have been known to do this, so you may want to be careful and always have at least one person in the home after the notice to quit expires.
The landlord cannot shut off power, water, or other essentials. This is an illegal eviction and you may have a legal remedy.
Reach out for legal help if you think the notice isn't correct, or if you need assistance in defending yourself against the eviction.
A verbal conversation doesn't count as an "eviction notice". To be legal, the notice must be written down and given to you in the correct way.
Reach out for legal help if your landlord is trying to make you leave without going through the court process. This is illegal and a lawyer may be able to help you protect yourself.
No, you do not have to leave (or 'quit') your home by the date listed on the 3-day notice to quit.
You do not have to leave your home until you have been brought to court, and a judge has ordered that your landlord can make you leave.
After the date on the 3-day notice to quit passes, then your landlord may file an eviction lawsuit in court against you. The lawsuit is called a Forcible Entry and Detainer or “FED”. You will be able to go to court and present defenses to protect yourself.
You may still have time to reach out for rental assistance to try and stop the eviction from moving forward. However, your landlord is not required to accept rent if you are behind.
Be sure to let the local group know that you have received an eviction notice and what its deadline is. They may be able to help you pay the rent you owe, or work with your landlord to reduce the amount or put you on a payment plan.
In Wyoming, you have a minimum of 3 days between your landlord giving you a notice and them filing a lawsuit against you in court to evict you.
The notice should tell you how many days the landlord is giving you. If they are giving you less than 3 days, then you may be able to challenge it as illegal.
Reach out for legal help if you think the notice isn't giving you the required time to make your payment.
You should make sure that the landlord properly 'served' you with the lawsuit. If they didn't give it to you in the correct way, you can challenge the eviction lawsuit. In Wyoming, a landlord must follow certain rules to let you know about the lawsuit:
You should also reach out to local lawyers who can help you prepare for your court hearing so you can protect yourself against the eviction.
In Wyoming, you are not required to respond to the eviction lawsuit. Still, it is recommended to file a written response, especially if you have defenses.
You will have an eviction hearing automatically scheduled at court. You must appear there if you want to defend yourself against the eviction. You are not required to submit anything but if you do have proof or evidence, it is recommended to submit it 5 days prior to the hearing. If the tenant does not appear for the hearing, the trial will continue as scheduled and the judge will likely rule in favor of the landlord. If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, you will have to move out.
Reach out to legal help to learn what your rights and defenses are in your eviction case. These organizations can help you deal with this lawsuit.
You can come to an agreement, but you should still go to court to make sure your case is closed.
You can work with your landlord to work out an agreement before the date of the court hearing. This might be a payment plan or other agreement on what needs to happen for you to stay in your home.
Be sure to get this agreement in writing, so that you can prove it exists and that your landlord follows through on it.
Also, you should still go to court for your hearing date, to make sure the court knows about the agreement and closes the lawsuit. If you do not go to court, the lawsuit might still continue and the judge might rule that the landlord can remove you. Go to court yourself to make sure this doesn't happen.
You can reach out for legal help to get assistance in negotiating an agreement with your landlord, and making sure this agreement is being followed.
If you are behind on rent, you can get help from your local Rental Assistance program. This is a government service to help people who owe rent or utility bills.
Especially if you are behind on rent because of COVID-19 hardships, your local Rental Assistance (or Rent Relief) program can help you.
Find your local Rental Assistance program at your Get Help page here.
Local governments set the rules about who is eligible for rent relief. Most programs focus on people who have suffered COVID-19 hardships.
You can talk to your local Rental Assistance program to learn their eligibility rules.
You may have to show your household income, or if you are on other benefits programs like SNAP.
You may also have to show that you are at risk of homelessness or eviction if you don't get rental assistance.
Many local Rental Assistance programs are open to everyone, regardless of immigration status. Many programs do not even ask about immigration status.
Check with your local Rental Assistance program to make sure about eligibility rules and immigration.
Most Rental Assistance programs let landlords apply.
Either a renter or a landlord can start the application.
The landlord will have to fill in as much information they have about the amount of money needed, and the eligibility for the program. The tenant may have to fill in the rest of the information.
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State information is taken from these sources:Princeton Eviction Lab's COVID Policy ScorecardsColumbia Law School COVID-19 Eviction Moratoria analysisEnergy and Policy Institute Utility Disconnect TrackerWyoming Court COVID-19 updatesLegal Aid of WyomingWyom. Governor's websiteWyoming Supreme Court order
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