CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 14th annual West Virginia Landlords Association conference will feature topics for people interested in becoming landlords and veterans of the business, WVLA state President Jennifer McQuerrey Rhyne said.
The conference is scheduled for Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Summit Conference Center in Charleston. The organization's mission is to educate landlords about how to deal with tenant issues and new laws.
"Like every industry there are good and bad landlords," Rhyne said. "We are trying to make sure we have good landlords here."
This year's conference will cover a variety of topics on maintaining properties.
Someone from the city of Charleston's building inspection department will talk about what they look for during a rental property inspection and how to maintain a safe property.
A representative from BB&T will speak about financing properties.
Also, a representative from National Tenant Network will advise those in attendance about credit checks and background checks for potential renters.
The hope is someone could attend the conference and follow the guidelines and steps and become a good landlord, Rhyne said.
John Pritt of the local Kanawha/Charleston WVLA chapter said the conference keeps landlords up to date about changes in regulations. Pritt said a lot of the smaller municipalities -- in addition to Charleston, Dunbar and St. Albans -- are adding their own ordinances for landlords to follow.
"A lot of times I can learn something from other members that have been through similar situations, whether it is a legal issue or paperwork," Pritt said.