Additionally, all rental application forms must adhere to the federal fair housing laws and West Virginia landlord-tenant laws to ensure that housing discrimination does not take place against applicants.
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A West Virginia rental application must acquire enough information about the applicant so that you can make an informed decision about whether they would be a good risk. The rental application form must include certain sections to capture information. The application should consist of:
West Virginia renters are involved in a legally binding contract known as a rental agreement. Many renters feel as if they have few rights. West Virginia landlord-tenant law does provide renters with valuable rights. Here are some links that can help you better understand your rights:
West Virginia law does not limit the amount that a landlord may charge for a security deposit on a residential lease for real estate. However, applicants are encouraged to check with their local city and county laws for any security deposit limits in their area. When moving out, a landlord has between 45 and 60 days to return the security deposit. This figure is dependent on whether or not a new tenant has moved into the vacant unit (West Virginia Code § § 37-6A-1 et seq).