Are you currently looking to rent a home or apartment, or living
somewhere without a written lease? Although oral leases are legally
binding in West Virginia and offer the advantage of flexibility, you may
want to consider a written lease.
A lease can be for any period of time, and offers you protection from
unexpected rent increases. It also spells out your and the landlord's
responsibilities concerning repairs, subleases, insurance, security
deposits and related issues. Leases are generally prepared by the
landlord, but a tenant may also prepare one, and a tenant is certainly
allowed to negotiate the terms contained in any lease. A written lease
defines the rules of the game before you start to play -- be sure to
carefully read its terms and don't sign until you understand all the
Learn more about West
Virginia Security Deposits and getting back your deposit.