West Virginia Rental Laws

West Virginia Rental Laws

Your West Virginia Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of West Virginia

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of West Virginia was 1,850,326 on July 1, 2014, a −0.14% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of West Virginia has 55 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: No Restrictions
  • Return Deadline:  30 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  Notice not required.  Can file for eviction immediately
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: No Statute

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties covered:  Barbour,   Berkeley,   Boone,   Braxton,   Brooke,   Cabell,   Calhoun,   Clay,   Doddridge,   Fayette,   Gilmer,   Grant,   Greenbrier,   Hampshire,   Hancock,   Hardy,   Harrison,   Jackson,   Jefferson,   Kanawha,   Lewis,   Lincoln,   Logan,   McDowell,   Marion,   Marshall,   Mason,   Mercer,   Mineral,   Mingo,   Monongalia,   Monroe,   Morgan,   Nicholas,   Ohio,   Pendleton,   Pleasants,   Pocahontas,   Preston,   Putnam,   Raleigh,   Randolph,   Ritchie,   Roane,   Summers,   Taylor,   Tucker,   Tyler,   Upshur,   Wayne,   Webster,   Wetzel,   Wirt,   Wood,   Wyoming

Last Updated:  April 21, 2020