Residential tenants and landlords have legal rights and responsibilities under West Virginia law. A tenant has the right to fully use and occupy the rented property as a home. Landlords have the right to expect tenants to fulfill their responsibilities under the lease such as paying the rent on time and maintaining the property according to requirements in the lease.
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Tenants and Landlords in WV: Rights and Responsibilities Manual

    On March 7, 2016 the Governor signed SB275 that iincreased West Virginia's magistrate court jurisdiction maximum from $5k to $10k (WV Code 50-2-1). It becomes effective 90 days from passage which is June 5, 2016.

    This impacts the Manual in two places - the general definitions section and section 3.12 Counterclaims. These changes will be made to the onine version of the Manual by June 5, 2016. Individuals who are using the print version should be aware of this update and contact WVFHAN if you have any questions about how this impacts you.


    This publication will describe both tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities. In addition, it will provide resources to assist you in finding more information on tenant and landlord laws in West Virginia, a checklist to use before moving in, and information on the Fair Housing Act and how it impacts tenants and landlords.
    This publication was developed in partnership with individuals representing legal entities, consumer and housing organizations, and other stakeholders. Questions regarding this publication or its contents should be directed to the Housing Advocate at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living at (304) 296-6091.
    You can access a copy of the manual at the WV Senior Legal Aid, Inc. website by clicking here.  You can also download any of the following Fact Sheets, based on information from the Manual from this website:

    These documents or portions thereof may not be reproduced in any manner or reprinted without the express written permission of the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living.

These publications are a project of:
  • Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL)
  • Community Living Initiatives Corporation (CLIC)
  • West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (WVATS), Center for Excellence in Disabilities, WVU
  • West Virginia Senior Legal Aid (WVSLA)

Funding provided by:
  • City of Morgantown, Community Development Block Grant
  • U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing Initiatives Program
  • West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
  • West Virginia Olmstead Council
  • West Virginia Advocates

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer Statement
    The work that provided the basis for this activity was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The authors and publishers are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.
    This publication offers legal information, not legal advice. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and to clearly explain your options. However, we do not provide legal advice on how the law applies to your individual circumstances. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.
West Virginia Fair Housing Action Network (FHAN) 
Making Housing Choice a Reality 
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