By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld has crafted a bill that could help cities with the problem of dilapidated homes.
The West Virginia Legislature is set to convene Jan. 12, and Weld, R-Brooke, plans to introduce legislation regulating land installment contracts.
These contracts allow potential homeowners to purchase property through a landowner on an installment plan.
Often landowners around the state purchase property at delinquent tax sales, then try to sell them to a second party through land installment contracts, Weld explained.
“While these contracts do serve a purpose, they often are used to prey upon lower income individuals who can’t qualify for a mortgage,” he said. “These payments become so burdensome (to the second buyer) they can’t keep up with the payments.” …