A consumer is authorized to pay the original dealer until he receives notification of assignment of rights to payment pursuant to a rent-to-own transaction and that payment is to be made to the assignee. A notification which does not reasonably identify the rights assigned is ineffective. If requested by the consumer, the assignee must seasonably furnish reasonable proof that the assignment has been made and unless he does so the consumer may pay the original dealer.
(a) The dealer shall deliver or mail to the consumer, without request, a written receipt for each payment by coin or currency on an obligation pursuant to a written rental agreement. A periodic statement showing a payment received complies with this subsection.
(b) Upon written request of a consumer, the dealer shall provide a written statement of the dates and amounts of payments made within the past twelve months and the total amount unpaid. The requested statement shall be provided without charge once during each year of the term of the agreement. If additional statements are requested, the creditor may charge not in excess of three dollars for each additional statement.
(c) After a consumer has fulfilled all obligations with respect to a rent-to-own transaction, the dealer shall, upon the request of the consumer, deliver or mail to the consumer written evidence acknowledging payment in full of all obligations with respect to the transaction.
(a) Every person engaged in this state in making rent-to-own transactions and every person having an office or place of business in this state who takes assignments of and undertakes direct collection of payments from or enforcement of rights against debtors arising from such transactions shall file notification with the state tax department within thirty days after commencing business in this state, and, thereafter, on or before the thirty-first day of January of each year. A notification shall be deemed to be in compliance with this section if the information hereinafter required is given in an application for a business registration certificate provided for in section four, article twelve, chapter eleven of this code. The state tax commissioner shall make any information required by this section available to the attorney general or commissioner upon request. The notification shall state:
(1) Name of the person;
(2) Name in which business is transacted if different from subdivision (1) of this subsection;
(3) Address of principal office, which may be outside this state;
(4) Address of all offices or retail stores, if any, in this state at which rent-to-own transactions are made or, in the case of a person taking assignments of obligations, the offices or places of business within this state at which business is transacted; and
(5) Address of designated agent upon whom service of process may be made in this state.
(b) If information in a notification becomes inaccurate after filing, accurate information must be filed within thirty days.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.