Victim services

Angie Uhl and David Baker are the housing ombudsmen for the Town of Jackson. Located inside the Victim Services building, they act as the go-betweens for housing disputes, helping point community members in the right direction of affordable legal resources.

Jackson Hole’s housing scarcity can make landlord-tenant relationships trickier to navigate, and with the average cost of lawyers in Teton County ranging from $350 to $600 an hour, hiring one might not be an option.

But Jackson has some free legal resources for tenants and landlords. Those legal experts have tips for how tenants can protect themselves in Wyoming, which offers limited legal recourse for renters. Experts also see common patterns locally that can lead to disputes.

Victim services

Angie Uhl and David Baker have a few tips for Jackson renters. Uhl wants people to know that, within town limits, both tenants and landlords must give at least 30 days’ notice that the lease won’t be renewed. Baker said he’s seeing many people without leases at all and advised, “Get it in writing, get it in writing, get it in writing.” Attorney Jeremy Macik recommends that renters schedule an initial inspection with the landlord and take photos.

Contact Kate Ready at 732-7076 or kready@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

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