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West Virginia Residential Lease Agreement

West Virginia Lease Agreement Guarantee Seal

West Virginia Landlords need a Lease Agreement that complies with West Virginia Lease laws. Our WV Lease is guaranteed to comply with all West Virginia Lease laws and is EZ to create online in minutes.

Here’s how our process works:

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease Agreement entirely online.
  2. Get State Assist Tips that point out important state laws and requirements.
  3. All West Virginia-required language is automatically included in your Lease Agreement.
  4. You can add additional documents - for example, a Pet Addendum, Winter Weather Addendum, or Pool/Hot Tub Policy - to customize your Lease Package.
  5. You and your Tenant can review and sign the Lease online using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
  6. Your signed Lease is automatically stored securely on the cloud with our ezCloudStorage.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our West Virginia Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all WV Lease laws. Even so, we know Pro Landlords need to be familiar with state Lease laws when managing their rental units.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Category State Law

Ending and Renewing

Year-to-Year: May be terminated by either party giving written notice at least 90 days before the end of the year.

Periodic Tenancy: May be terminated by either party giving written notice of 1 full rental period.

Fixed Term: Termination at the end of the term with no notice required if specified within the Lease or ended by notice with the period as specified in the written Lease.

Security Deposit

The payee or holder of a worthless check may impose a service charge not to exceed $25.

Returned Payment Fee

The payee or holder of a worthless check may impose a service charge not to exceed $25.

Late Fee

There is no statutory limit on late charges. However, assessed fees should be reasonably related to the expenses the Landlord incurs as a result of a late payment.

Insurance Requirements

Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance and could make the failure to do so a violation of the Lease Agreement.

Notice to Enter

No statute.

Landlord Requirements

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: An operational smoke detector must be installed in the “immediate vicinity” of every sleeping area in all one and two-family units. The Landlord is responsible for installing and replacing smoke detectors, but renters are responsible for the routine maintenance of smoke detectors.

PLEASE NOTE: If the tenant of a unit is deaf or hearing impaired, it is the responsibility of the Landlord, upon written request by or on behalf of the Tenant, to provide and install a smoke detector with a light signal sufficient to warn the deaf or hearing-impaired individual of the danger of fire.

Required Disclosures

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure & Pamphlet: Pursuant to federal law, if the unit was built before 1978, occupants must be provided with a Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.
  • Non-refundable Fees: Any and all nonrefundable fees must be stated in the Lease Agreement.

We automatically include these disclosures in your Lease Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does a Lease have to be notarized in West Virginia?

No, West Virginia Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized. As long as the Lease meets the criteria to be enforceable and is signed by both parties, it’s considered legally binding and fully enforceable. The parties may opt to notarize a Lease if they want to, but it’s not required.

Can you write your own tenancy agreement?

Technically, yes, you can write your own Lease Agreement. To do so, you should have experience writing Rental Contracts and be knowledgeable about West Virginia Lease laws. The Lease Agreement is the most important document that Landlords use, and it’s what protects the Landlord, or lessor, if problems arise with a Tenant.

Because of this, it’s important to always have a comprehensive Lease in place that complies with all state, federal, and local laws. It can be risky to write your own Lease. There are some basic and generic Lease forms that you can use to help create a Lease. However, it’s best to not rely fully on a blank, fillable Lease form, as these can leave out important details and terms that Landlords need. To make sure you have the full protection you need, it’s important to use a comprehensive, customizable state-specific Lease Agreement.

Who needs a Lease Agreement?

Anyone who rents real estate needs a Lease Agreement. This is true whether you Lease a single-family home, duplex, condo, or apartment. The Lease is what outlines all terms of the rental relationship and what protects both parties if issues arise.

Do West Virginia Landlords need a state-specific Lease Agreement?

Yes. If your rental property is located in West Virginia, it is controlled by West Virginia Lease laws. This means you need a Lease Agreement that complies with all West Virginia laws. There are some simple state Lease Agreements available online - for example, the one offered by the West Virginia Association of Realtors. While these are better than more generic Lease forms, they are not customizable and fail to address some important details of a rental relationship.

To get the most out of your rental property and to make sure you have the protection you need, it’s important to use a customizable and comprehensive state-specific Lease Agreement.

What is the standard Lease term in West Virginia?

The standard Lease term in West Virginia is 1 year (12 months). Longer and shorter tenancy periods are recognized as long as they are clearly stated in the Lease Agreement.

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West Virginia Rental Forms & Templates

  • West Virginia Returned Check Notice: This Notice must be sent to Tenants before charging a $15 returned-check fee. It provides the Tenant with information about the returned check and lets the Tenant know that the unpaid rent, plus a $15 returned-check fee, must be paid.

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Other State Lease Agreements

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