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West Virginia Tenant Background Check

West Virginia Tenant Screening

West Virginia Tenant Screening Background Checks allow you to conduct a thorough tenant screening on every applicant applying to rent at one of the West Virginia rental properties. Making comprehensive West Virginia tenant screening background checks can help eliminate unqualified applicants from consideration and permits the most qualified applicants to stand out on the list of rental candidates.

Sometimes, landlords think that getting a credit score is the only thing needed to find the best prospective tenant; however, this is incorrect information. The credit report provides details about the applicant's credit score but not rental history, criminal record information, or other important details. While the credit report can reveal how responsible the person is with their finances, it does not leave the landlord without the essential data needed to decide who is the most suitable rental candidate.

The West Virginia tenant background check conducted by The Koleman Group LLC give landlords the full results of comprehensive tenant screening information on every applicant. The landlords in West Virginia rental properties need to carry out West Virginia tenant screening background checks for every applicant, and not only the applicant who is the primary. Primary applicants might insist on filling in all forms to conceal the identity, criminal or eviction record of any other adult, an adult, a close relative, a significant other, or an adult not related to the property to live in the house. If your complete West Virginia tenant screening background checks include adult tenants, you could perhaps avoid problems and costs to the eviction process in the future.

An Eviction History is essential to include in all West Virginia tenant screening background checks. Some applicants may think that you are only conducting an initial credit check and not be aware of their Eviction history. For example, certain tenants move from rental property to another, not paying rent in time. You can quickly eliminate these tenants if they are included with your Eviction History throughout your West Virginia tenant screening background checks.

It is important to note that Criminal History reports include much more than the local data you can obtain through local searches for criminal records. Incorporating national or statewide criminal records searches will provide you with the complete information you require right when you require it. Searching for more serious offenses like Terrorist and Sex Offender convictions or charges pending can help you identify the criminal applicants. Additionally, you could ensure the safety of other tenants and your reputation as a landlord who leases to the most qualified applicants by conducting extensive national West Virginia tenant screening background checks.

Include the previous address of the tenant. History will reveal whether the applicant has provided you with accurate information about their previous addresses. Find out if the applicant was unable to provide the addresses of previous tenants, which normally is a red flag in applying. West Virginia tenant screening background checks give you the details you need to know if your social security number supplied by the applicant is, in fact, the applicant's name. This allows you to be sure that the social security number doesn't belong to a deceased individual or is it is simply a fictional number created from the application.

Rely on The Koleman Group LLC to offer the best West Virginia Tenant Background Checks Screening packages which best meet your needs as landlords of West Virginia rental homes. Be confident that you've carried out the complete tenant screening when you believe that TKG the most trusted source for thorough West Virginia tenant screening background checks.


The Koleman Group LLC provides tenant screening background checks nationwide. Are you looking for the tenant screening report for another state beyond West Virginia? Go to the tenant background checks webpage to find out more.

West Virginia Landlord-Tenant Law

TKG has compiled the most important West Virginia Landlord-Tenant Laws. The laws that are highlighted here come drawn from West Virginia's statutory statutes. We've provided links to direct aid to understand the laws and regulations. The information provided here is merely a brief outline of laws and is not a complete list or meant to provide legal advice. West Virginia Landlord-Tenant Laws are subject to changes. We suggest that you conduct your research independently to comply with the laws and regulations that apply to your specific situation.

West Virginia Landlord Tenant Law Official Rules and Regulations

Security Deposit Max: A landlord is not able to require greater than 1 month's rental for a security deposit. One tenant must make the security deposit payment as per SS37-6A-2(f).

Secure Deposit Interest: There is no statute in place

A separate Security Deposit bank account: There are no law available

Pet deposits: The law is not available. However, it is possible to vary from one facility to another. People with disabilities who have service dogs are not required to pay any deposit on their pets due to the service provided by the animal.

Non-refundable Fees: No statute available

Deadline for the return of Security Deposit A landlord has to return security deposits back to the tenant in the period of 14 days of the expiration of the lease.

Permitted uses of the deposit: The landlord could use all or part of the security deposits to pay the payment of rent due, any other itemized damages, and any remaining utility bills. The security deposit can be utilized for the storage and removal of a property that is abandoned by the tenant in accordance with SS37-6A-2(b1-5).

Requires a Written List/Itemized Description of Charges and Damages: When returning the security deposit to the tenant, the landlord must provide an itemized list of all charges and damages that resulted from the tenant's occupation in accordance with the SS37-6A-2.

Record-keeping of Withholdings from Deposits: There is no statute to be found.

Receipt of the deposit: There is no law available

Failure to Meet: If the landlord does not return your security money within the agreed time frame, the tenant can claim up to 2 months' rent or double what was the initial security deposit.

Lease, Rent & Fees

Rent is Due: Rent is due at the beginning of each month or at any other time that is agreed upon by the parties.

Rental Increase Notification: No law is accessible

Lease Grace Period: The lease agreement is not governed by a statute; however, it is possible to add on the lease.

Late Fees: No statute available

Prepaid Rent: No statute available

Fees for returned checks Based on the West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions: A landlord could cost as much as $25 per bounced or dishonored check.

The tenant is allowed to withhold rent for the failure to provide essential Services (Water or Heat, etc. ): No. However, the landlord must keep connections to all services at reasonable rates within the multi-unit house throughout the year to ensure heat beginning on the 1st day of October through the day that ends April, according to SS37-6-30(7).

The tenant is allowed to repair and deduct rent: Yes. After the tenant has provided to the landlord 14 days written notice of a problem or needs repair, if, after 14 days, the landlord hasn't made the required repairs, the tenant can hire an expert to carry out repairs and subtract the appropriate amount from their rent. This does not apply to any damages resulting from an error by the tenant.

Landlords are able to recover attorney and court fees: Yes. The landlord can seek to recover fees for the attorney and court services in accordance with the SS37-6-9.

The landlord must make an effort to mitigate the damages to the lessee, which may include the possibility of rerenting the unit: Yes. The landlord must provide the lessee with the opportunity to rectify any damage but will not be obliged to rent the property.

Late Termination Fee or Abandonment: There is no statute in place

Abandonment and personal property: If it is discovered that the tenant has left the property and the property is not occupied, the landlord is entitled to take away the tenant's personal belongings if they do not respond to a notice in writing within 10 days in accordance with the SS37-6-6.

Notices and Entry to West Virginia Landlord-Tenant Law

Notice to End Tenancy - Fixed Date Lease: There is no requirement to provide notice of termination as the lease will end at the date specified within the lease.

Notice to End Tenancy - Year to year Lease without a deadline for termination: In accordance with SS37-6-5, each party must give written notice to end the lease 90 days before the date at which the lease expires.

Notice to End Tenancy - Month-to-Month Lease: For any lease that has one year, either party can end the lease by giving the other party written in advance of the date of expiration term of the lease. In the case of a month-to-month lease, 30 days of notice must be provided. In accordance with the SS37-6-5.

Notice to End Tenancy - Week-to-Week Lease: For any lease that has one year, both parties can end the lease by giving the other party written in writing prior to the termination period of the lease. If it is a week-to-week lease, a notice of seven days must be given according to the SS37-6-5.

Notification to End in the event of non-payment: If rent has not been paid on the due date or by the due date, the landlord can demand an immediate and complete quit notice be sent to the tenant.

Termination of Lease for Infraction: Ten calendar days' notice must be given when an infraction to the lease has been committed. If serious threats of violence or damage to property are a result and the property is damaged, the landlord may request removal immediately.

The Move Out/In Checklist: A move out/in checklist is necessary, particularly when you return the entire or a portion of the security deposit paid by the tenant.

Note of Forwarding address: There is no law to be found. The notice of forwarding address can appear inside the rental agreement, but it is not required.

Notice of Date/Time for Move Out Inspection: The law is not available, but the rules and rules could establish it in the lease. Most lease agreements stipulate a certain date and time when the lease ends so that both parties can attend the inspection.

Mandatory Notice Prior to Entry: There is no law available. However, this could be decided by the rules governing the lease. In most instances, it is considered that 48 hours of notice is adequate notice.

Entry Permitted with Notification to Repairs and Maintenance (non-emergency): No statute is given, but it could be determined in accordance with the rules of the lease.

Entry allowed with a Notice of Showings: There is no specific law; however, it is typically a lease matter. Showings may be scheduled at any time reasonable enough to not interfere with tenants' routines.

Emergency Entry is allowed without Notification: There is no statute to be cited. Many lease agreements deal with this issue without the requirement of the county or state laws.

Entry Permitted During the Tenant's Extended Absence: There is no statute to be followed.

Notification to Tenants Concerning Pesticide Use: No law is provided

Lockouts Are Allowed: Lockouts aren't permitted under the SS37-6.

Utilities Shut Offs Are Allowed: Shut-offs for utilities are not permitted in accordance with the SS37-6.

Disclosures and other Miscellaneous Notes

Name and addresses: The tenant must be provided with the address and name of the manager and the address of the property owner to service of process and receipt of notifications and demands pertaining to the property. This information must be submitted together with a document confirming the lease before the beginning of the first day of tenancy in accordance with Section SS37-6.

The Lease Copy: The lease does not contain a statute.

Landlord Responsibilities

Covenant on Habitability: A unit must be habitable, secure, and tidy before the tenant's move-in date. All electrical and appliance plumbing and fixtures must be in good condition, except for minor cases of wear and wear and tear.

Repairs and Code Compliance: All repairs must be completed promptly and comply with all city or federal, state, or local building codes.

Utilities: The landlord should not shut off any essential utilities, such as electric heat, water, and electricity.

Cleanliness: You must maintain all public areas on the property tidy, secure, and clean way, including public restrooms, hallways, and common areas.

Transfer of Ownership: Gives written notice to all tenants whenever the property is sold and ownership changes.

Discrimination: Cannot be used to discriminate against potential tenants. The applicant is not denied because of their gender, religion, race, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation.

Tenant's Responsibilities:

Trash: Get rid of all waste generated within the premises and keep the area occupied by the tenant secure, clean, and comfortable.

Heating, Electrical, and Plumbing: Do not make excessive usage of electrical, plumbing, and heating equipment.

Compliance: Completely meet all obligations imposed upon tenants by the Code enforcement agency or the general public.

Damage: Do not commit the act of intentionally and willfully defacing, destroying, damaging, degrading, or removing any component that is part of the construction of your facility or unit and to prevent anyone else who is on the premises from doing so and

Subleasing: The property owner is not allowed to sublet, rent, or give the property over to an unrelated person without the owner's written permission and knowledge.

Retribution: The landlord can't forcefully evict or expel a tenant who has filed an unfounded complaint in any governing body.

Radom testing: There is no law to guide the testing.

Lead disclosure: A pamphlet detailing the dangers of lead-based paints should include in lease agreements as an attached document.

Court Related

West Virginia Small Claims Court

Limits: $5,000

Small Claims Court

Eviction Cases Accepted for Small Claims: Cases involving evictions are considered in the circuit court. Back rent claims can be considered within Small Claims.

Civil and Circuit Courts

Statutes of Limitations

Contracts (Written or oral): Written contracts for 10 years; oral contracts 5 years in accordance with the SS55-2-1.


Business License required: A law is not at the state level; however, it is recommended to check the local and county administration levels to find out whether an official license for business is required for landlords to be able to the landlord to manage their properties. Business licenses for landlords licenses are required in some areas but not in others.

West Virginia Landlord Forms

West Virginia landlord forms can assist property managers in controlling the management of their rental properties. Some of the most popular forms are:

Applications for renting

Notice to End Tenancy

Cash for Keys

Checklist for Move-In/Out

Rent that is past due

Notice of Entry

Form for Deposit to Rent

Rent Receipt

The landlord-tenant forms are legal and may be used to make legally binding contracts between landlords and tenants. Look over the Koleman Group LLC's West Virginia Landlord forms now!

Updated on 2022-06-07 21:33:49 by larry coleman

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