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West Virginia Tenant-Landlord Law

by Joe Bredar

West-Virginia

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act was created in order to ensure that everyone is treated equally during the housing process. It protects tenants from discrimination when seraching for a rental property. At the federal level the Fair Housing Act protects the following classes…

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Learn about fair housing at the federal level here https://resources.hemlane.com/landlord-must-know-fair-housing/

West Virginia protects the same categories as federal law (W. Va. Code §§ 5-11A-1, et. seq.).

Eviction Laws

West-Virginia-Eviction-Laws
  • When it is failure to pay rent, the tenant has to pay you immediately, and no written notice is necessary. If the tenant does not pay, the eviction notice can be filed with the courts.
  • When there is another lease violation (e.g. subletting), the tenant has to resolve the violation immediately, and no written notice is required. The eviction notice will then be filed with the courts.

Early Termination of Lease

When there is not a lease violation, but the landlord or tenant wants to break the lease, the following regulations apply:

Early termination by landlord

If the landlord wishes to terminate the lease early, they have to give a notice period of 3 months prior to end of any year for a year to year lease; 1 full rental period for any periodic tenancy.

Early termination by tenant

If the tenant wishes to terminate the lease early, they have to give a notice period of 3 months prior to end of any year for a year to year lease; 1 full rental period for any periodic tenancy.

For more information on West Virginia Landlord Tenant laws please visit their website here.