NOTICE TO RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS DURING THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS (3/31/20)

As the end of the month approaches, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office has asked landlords of residential rental properties across the state of West Virginia to be mindful of the financial constraints many individuals are facing during the COVID-19 health crisis and has reminded landlords to follow all procedures and protocols in order to lawfully evict residential tenants. The Attorney General’s Office has backed up these public requests by issuing warning letters to landlords in West Virginia related to alleged threats to evict tenants during the health crisis without following the law. 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has stayed all non-emergency proceedings in State Court until April 10, 2020. Eviction proceedings have not been deemed emergency proceedings under the Court’s Administrative Order and, therefore, will be delayed until April 10, 2020 at the earliest. 

During the COVID-19 health crisis, Lewis Glasser would encourage you to consider alternatives to eviction that might allow you to continue your business operations and meet your ongoing obligations while taking into consideration the needs of your tenants. In the event that eviction is required, please contact Lori Counts-Smith or Mark Sadd at Lewis Glasser if you have any questions related to the eviction process in West Virginia, the availability of judicial remedies, or if you need further guidance regarding administrative or judicial action in this area. 

All of our attorneys are available to discuss the needs of your business during these uncertain times. 

Lori D. Counts-Smith   

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Mark A. Sadd   

Member    

Lewis Glasser PLLC   

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