West Virginia Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 9, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. West Virginia state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent.  It is customary for West Virginia landlords to provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. West Virginia state landlords may charge up to $25 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A West Virginia landlord is bound by the terms of the lease and may increase rent after the lease has ended.

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a West Virginia landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

The state of West Virginia does not regulate the amount of rent a landlord may charge.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Although the state has no specific legislation regarding notice for increasing rent, it is customary to provide the same amount of notice to end a tenancy. A West Virginia landlord should provide at least a 30-Day Notice before increasing rent. (West Virg. Code 37-6-5)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

West Virginia does not legislate the frequency with which a landlord may increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

West Virginia does not regulate fees. However, a landlord must disclose all potential fees in the written lease and the late fee must be “reasonable”.  (West Virg. Code 37-6A-2)

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

A West Virginia landlord may charge up to $25 for a check returned for insufficient funds. (West Virg. Code §61-3-39e)

Cities in the State With Rent Control

The state of West Virginia has no legislated rent control.