Racial Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

West Virginia protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: […]

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Religious Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

West Virginia protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: denying a loan based on their religion charging different rent or offering different […]

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Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

West Virginia law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. West Virginia has no explicit protections for LGBT tenants, but federal and state protections against discriminating by one’s gender offers some indirect […]

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Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in West Virginia?

There is no explicit law in West Virginia, its major cities, or counties regarding whether landlords can implement a policy of not accepting vouchers or tenants receiving government assistance to pay rent. However, some courts have ruled that doing so violates the Fair Housing Act and similar laws. Discrimination Against Families and Minorities Most of […]

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Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in West Virginia Apartments

West Virginia and federal law give tenants strong protections when landlords discriminate against their mental or physical health conditions. Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations for tenants’ handicaps. What’s Covered? West Virginia and federal law cover mental and physical health-related handicaps. A “health condition” is much broader than a diagnosed disease in official medical […]

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Discrimination of Families, Pregnant Women, and Children in West Virginia Apartments

It is illegal in West Virginia (and federally) for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their having children, being pregnant, or otherwise their familial status. Children must be provided equal access to all facilities and services offered to adults. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate West Virginia and federal […]

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Age Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

West Virginia does not directly prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their age. However, landlords should be careful to avoid discriminating against children and families (whom are protected under federal and state law). Additionally, discriminating against a senior because of their disability is prohibited under federal and state fair housing law which protects […]

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