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What the statute says is that the landlord must hold your property for an additional 30 days if you notify them of your intent to pick it up and you pay the costs of storage and removal. It's not enough to promise to pay the costs - you have to pay the storage costs in order to trigger their obligation to hold the property for another 30 days. W.V. Code, Section 37-6-6. It may help to remind them in writing of their obligation to hold the property when you pay them, so you have evidence if you wind up in court. It would also help to get a receipt for the storage and removal costs.
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The fact that the furniture was rented and not owned by you has no legal bearing on the landlord's right to take it. If you stop making the rental payments, the rental center can sue you, but that's a separate issue.