Delaware Rental Laws

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Delaware Rental Laws

Your Delaware Rental Laws Guide with helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Delaware

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Delaware was 935,614 on July 1, 2014, a 4.2% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Delaware has 3 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 1 month for an unfurnished unit leased for a year or longer
  • Return Deadline:  20 Days

Fees and Notices

  • Applications Fees: $50 or 10% of the monthly rent whichever is greater
  • Termination Notice:  7 Days
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Can withhold or can repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

Last Updated: April 7, 2020