- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Pennsylvania company that rents apartments to West Virginia University students in Morgantown has been accused of violating West Virginia consumer protection laws.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against State College, Pennsylvania-based Copper Beech Townhome Communities Twenty-Six LLC.

The lawsuit says that as a condition of renting property, tenants were required to sign leases containing several fees and charges in violation of state law.

Morrisey says Copper Beech collected nearly $605,000 in nonrefundable “redecorating fees” from West Virginia tenants in 1,197 signed leases.

Morrisey says state law makes residential landlords responsible for property maintenance costs, except for direct damages beyond normal wear and tear.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and refunds.

The company didn’t immediately return a telephone message Thursday night.

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