The maximum length of a standard rental agreement in West Virginia is one (1) year. Leases for longer than one year must be in writing.
Oral leases are valid for durations of up to one year. However, it may be difficult to prove the terms of an oral lease or confirm an agreement. It is recommended to get all lease agreements in writing for this reason.
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