The main reason a landlord requires a lease is to be assured that he will receive a specified rent for a specified period of time. Beyond that, the landlord will want clear rights and easy remedies against tenants who break the lease, are destructive, disturb other tenants or are delinquent in paying rent. These are legitimate purposes.
The tenant, on the other hand, may want a lease to be assured that he will be entitled to possess an apartment or other dwelling without any increase in the rent for a specified period of time. Tenants, too, would like to have clear rights and easy remedies against landlords who break the lease, refuse or neglect to maintain the property, permit other tenants to disturb them, or enter at unreasonable times for unreasonable purposes. These are also legitimate concerns.
Unfortunately, all too many leases drafted for landlords address only the landlords' concerns. Therefore, it is important that the tenant seek to negotiate rights and remedies of his own into these leases.
This section of the Student Legal Services website is designed to help student-tenants in better understanding the nature of the landlord-tenant relationship and to help them avoid the difficulties that have made landlord-tenant problems the matter for which students most often seek legal advice from the Students' Attorney.
Notice - The information provided in this website is meant to be general in nature. Although every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, the law is continually changing, and therefore, this publication should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney licensed in Wyoming before taking any action based upon the contents of this publication. The Student Legal Services is available to fee paying University of Wyoming students for free consultations on landlord-tenant law. Consultations are by appointment only. Please call 766-6347 to schedule an appointment.