A West Virginia (WV) Lease Agreement is a binding document between a landlord and a tenant, written in accordance with West Virginia’s landlord-tenant laws. The landlord agrees to rent all (or a portion of) their property to a tenant for a fee, and the tenant agrees to the lease agreement’s terms and conditions.
1. What to Include in a West Virginia Residential Lease Agreement
Landlords in all states, including West Virginia, are required by Federal law to include essential details in their rental/lease agreements, specifically:
- Tenant/Landlord Details: names and current addresses of both the tenant and landlord
- Premises: the address of the premises
- Pets: allowances and prohibitions
- Health Hazards: any known health hazards or risks
- Rent Specifics: the amount of rent and security deposit due, payment methods, and more
States differ in aspects of leasing and rental requirements. Familiarize yourself with West Virginia’s landlord-tenant laws to protect your legal and financial rights.
2. West Virginia Landlord and Tenant Laws
West Virginia imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a lease or rental agreement.
- There’s no limit as to the amount a landlord may request as a security deposit from a tenant. (No statute)
- A landlord must return a tenant’s security deposit within 60 days of the end of the lease. (WV Code §37-6A-1)
Landlord Right of Entry:
- No notice is required for a landlord to enter their rental property in West Virginia. (No statute)