West Virginia Suing Rental Company

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is suing a rental company over what it claims are excessive fees.

That company, Copper Beech, does own properties in Harrisonburg, but this lawsuit is over a situation at the Morgantown, West Virginia location.

In the 43-page lawsuit, the attorney general's office says that Copper Beech Townhomes received more than $600,000 from a non-refundable decorating fee. It claims that fee goes against the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Students signed leases that contained the fees and charges, according to the attorney general's office.

While Virginia does have a consumer protections act, the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act sets some guidelines for rental fees that are allowed.

Steve Stein, a local property manager, said that fees should always be identified.

"There may be fees that are not in, specifically identified in the Virginia landlord tenant law, but those, if they are assessed, should be identified in the lease document," said Stein.

We did reach out to Copper Beech's corporate office; however, at this time, no one has returned our call for a comment..