House Bill 349
151st General Assembly (Present)
If original bill has not been considered in committee, the substitute takes place of original bill. If original bill has been considered in committee, the substitute will be assigned to committee for consideration.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TENANT OBLIGATIONS AND LANDLORD REMEDIES.
This Act allows a landlord to offer the tenant an option to pay a recurring fee in lieu of a security deposit. This option enables tenants who cannot afford a security deposit to find a rental. This Act requires landlords choosing to provide the option to one tenant to provide the option to all new tenants. This Act also establishes requirements for the landlord offering a tenant the option to pay a fee in lieu of a security deposit including the requirement to notify the tenant of their option to terminate the agreement to pay the recurring fee at any time and to pay a security deposit instead. This Act makes it clear that electing to pay the recurring fee does not eliminate, release, or limit the tenant’s liability for damages under the lease. The recurring fee must be of equivalent amount and payable at the time each rent payment is due. This Act also clarifies the rights and responsibilities of a third-party who compensates a landlord for damages or unpaid indebtedness pursuant to the lease.
Takes effect upon being signed into law