Major Landlord to WVU Students Sued Over Fees

MORGANTOWN–  West Virginia’s attorney general has sued the state’s largest residential landlord, alleging it charges tenants, mostly college students, various fees in violation of state consumer protection law.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Metro Property Management, renting mainly to college students in Morgantown and other campus communities, charges an improper non-refundable fee to prepare apartments for the next tenants beyond standard damage deposits.

The lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court seeks court-ordered refunds of those and other fees charged renters for credit card processing, returned checks, abandonment, vacating late and for items left behind.

The suit seeks to block such fees and other allegedly illegal lease terms and get civil penalties.

Metro Property declined immediate comment, saying it will issue a statement in response.

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