Asked in
Mortgages
Property Law
Deeds and Ownership

In West Virginia does the owner of a property's mineral right have to notify the property owner before he sales them?

Answer

User Avatar
Wiki User
October 26, 2007 3:09AM

If the mineral rights have been severed from the property and the owner of the mineral rights does not own the property then there is no need to notify the property owner. It's possible to own the mineral rights and not own the property. That would be called the "mineral estate". The owner of the property if different than the mineral owner would be the owner of the "property estate". Being the "mineral estate" owner gives you the same rights as being a "property owner". You can do as you wish with your mineral interests. Only time there is a need to notify the property owner is if any leasing will be going on. Hope this helps.