In the state of West Virginia, a rental application is used as a means of collecting an applicant’s information to reveal the most reliable applicant. Information collected generally includes the applicant’s name, address, social security number, and other personal information necessary to check the applicant’s background, credit, and financial history. Although these documents may seem intrusive, this information is necessary to allow the landlord to choose someone who displays the capability and responsibility of paying rent on time.
West Virginia has no law that sets a limit on the amount that a landlord may charge for a security deposit on a rental, however, applicants are encouraged to check with their local city and county laws to see if there are 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 dependant on whether or not a new tenant has moved into the vacant unit (West Virginia Code § § 37-6A-1 et seq).