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Landlords to discuss state of the business

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.

The Kanawha/Charleston chapter has about 100 members and is one of the larger chapters in the state, Pritt said.

Additionally, the conference will address what to do about methamphetamine labs on landlords' properties.

"There's no getting around the meth issue," Rhyne said. "Landlords are terrified, [because] insurance won't cover it."

Someone from Affordable Cleanup, a Scott Depot-based business with which Rhyne is associated, will talk about how to recognize a meth lab, what to do if their property is busted for a meth lab and about state funds available for cleanup as long as landlords did not know about the meth labs.

"The big mission is to educate landlords on how to be responsible landlords," Rhyne said.

So far, about 50 people have registered for the conference, Rhyne said.

The registration fee for members is $99 before Oct. 1 and $125 thereafter. The non-member registration fee is $150. Participants may also register the day of the event.

Contact Rhyne at 304-552-4168 or email jennifer@oldworldrentals.com for more conference information.

Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.cook@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.


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