Edited from a Press Release
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges students to use caution when looking for off campus housing accommodations during the collegiate years.

 
Many college students take the opportunity to live off campus for at least one year in an apartment, house or condo. 
 
“Living off campus for a while is usually part of the college experience and often the first taste a student has of living completely on their own,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “It’s important to know what you’re getting in terms of housing accommodations and guaranteed protections.”
 
Students should be on the lookout for fake rental or leasing advertisements that appear on Craigslist or other classified websites.
 
In some cases, phony landlords will ask for rent to be paid in advance with a promise to mail the key upon receipt. Some advertised housing accommodations may not even actually exist.
 
Students who rent should remember these key protections: The Attorney General’s Office issues this advice as part of the fifth annual Off to College Consumer Protection Week. To learn about consumer protection efforts in West Virginia, visit www.ago.wv.gov/consumerprotection.
 
Anyone with questions should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.