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What To Do When Housing Conditions Are Bad: A Tenant’s Guide to Safe Housing

Problems with living conditions, Renting or leasing a home

Last updated on 12/19/2023 at 7:43 pm

This article will explain a tenant’s various options when faced with unsafe living conditions. Under West Virginia law you are to have a minimum standard of living when you rent from a landlord. In this article you will learn about:

  • What protections exist for tenants.
  • The limits on those protections.
  • The various actions you can take to obtain safe living conditions within your home.
  • The most important steps to take before any action to successfully obtain a safer living environment.

What is the “Warranty of Habitability”?

What is considered “habitable”?

What doesn’t violate the Warranty of Habitability?

When does the Warranty start?

Do I have to be caught up on rent to assert this Warranty?

What should I do if I think the Warranty has been broken and my housing needs repairs?

What is a “reasonable time”?

What if my landlord does not fix the problem?

What if the landlord tells me to get out because I withheld rent?

What can I do to improve my chances of success after I hold back rent?

Can I just repair and deduct the costs from my rent?

Who pays for the repairs?

Will I get out of paying all my rent if I am successful in holding back my rent?