Landlord Liability Laws in Wyoming
In Wyoming, the responsibilities of landlords are detailed in Wyoming Statutes 1-21-1201 through 1-21-1211. State statutes also lay out your rights as a renter. For example, you have the right to a habitable home that satisfies basic structural, health, and safety standards, and is in a good state of repair.
Despite the many responsibilities landlords have, sometimes they don’t hold up their end of the agreement. If your landlord does not maintain the property and you are injured as a result, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Wyoming Landlord Responsibilities
Wyoming landlords must keep their rental units in a habitable and safe condition. In addition, repair requested must be done in a ‘reasonable’ time, but Wyoming law doesn’t define that any further.
Some of the amenities that landlords are typically responsible for in Wyoming include:
- Plumbing and sanitation
- The integrity of the dwelling
- Bed bugs (may be shared responsibility with the tenant)
- Mold (may be shared responsibility with the tenant)
You may have a premises liability case when something goes wrong in the dwelling that leads to injuries.
Wyoming Property Hazards
As noted above, the landlord is responsible for ensuring the dwelling is safe and habitable. However, rental units are often neglected, and lack of repairs and maintenance can lead to tenant injuries.
The most common types of Wyoming premises liability claims are:
- Slips and falls: These accidents are often caused in rental homes and apartments by wet floors, icy pavement and steps, broken steps, and poorly lit common areas.
- Poor maintenance: Apartment buildings are often plagued by poor maintenance and upkeep, including loose or broken handrails, cluttered sidewalks and hallways, and overgrown weeds and grass.
- Lack of security: The rental property may have no surveillance cameras, broken fences or locks, and non-functioning security systems. The landlord may be liable for damages if you’re injured during a robbery or break-in.
- Dangerous dogs: If a dog bit you on the premises, you could recover damages if the dog owner knew or should have known it was an aggressive animal. A skilled premises liability lawyer may get you damages by arguing that the type of dog is known to be aggressive.
Potential Damages in Wyoming Premises Liability Cases
If you are injured as a tenant or guest at a property you could be eligible for compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Some of the damages that could be collected with the help of a premises liability attorney are:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress from the resulting injuries
- Disfigurement or disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Caretaking costs
Contact Us Today
Injuries that are worthy of premises liability cases happen every day in Wyoming. If you were hurt because of your landlord’s negligence, you will need the assistance of our experienced Wyoming premises liability attorney. Never talk directly to insurance companies yourself as they often try to low-ball you or trick you into accepting a settlement without knowing.
Our attorneys are skilled in proving landlord negligence and fighting for the maximum compensation for your injuries. Please contact Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. today at (307) 257-7800.
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