Rent Increases & Fees in West Virginia

Rent Increases & Fees in West Virginia

Last Updated: May 9, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In West Virginia, there are no rent control laws and the state does not preempt rent control. If proper notice is given, landlords can set rent and increase it. West Virginia rent increase law is primarily governed by WV Code § 37-6.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases No Statute
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee $25

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in West Virginia?

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 in West Virginia?

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 in West Virginia?

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

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in West Virginia?

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 in West Virginia?

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

Laws Regarding Late Fees in West Virginia

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 in West Virginia

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

West Virginia Cities With Rent Control

The state of West Virginia has no legislated rent control.