My landlord refuses to clean the common garbage dumping area?

Full Question:

My landlord refuses to clean the common garbage dumping canisters from our apartment which is now overflowing with garbage and causing quite the nuisances for all of us. He says it’s our duty to clean up our own mess. Is this true per the tenancy laws in Wyoming?
12/30/2016   |   Category: Landlord Tenant   |   State: Wyoming   |   #29146

Answer:

No. The law is quite to the contrary. The tenancy laws in Wyoming states that it is the responsibility of the landlord to maintain the rental unit and its premises in a safe and sanitary condition fit for human habitation per Wyo. Stat. § 1-21-1202. It reads:
 
“(a) Each owner and his agent renting or leasing a residential rental unit shall maintain that unit in a safe and sanitary condition fit for human habitation. Each residential rental unit shall have operational electrical, heating and plumbing, with hot and cold running water unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by both parties. Provided, however, this section shall not prevent the rental of seasonal rental units such as summer cabins which are not intended to have such amenities.
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Also, Wyo. Stat. § 1-21-1203 enumerates certain obligations of the landlord pursuant to § 1-21-1202, among which waste disposal is one. It reads:
 
“(a) To protect the physical health and safety of the renter, each owner shall:
     (i) Not rent the residential rental unit unless it is reasonably safe, sanitary and fit for human occupancy;
     (ii) Maintain common areas of the residential rental unit in a sanitary and reasonably safe condition;
     (iii) Maintain electrical systems, plumbing, heating and hot and cold water; and
     (iv) Maintain other appliances and facilities as specifically contracted in the rental agreement.
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