CHAPTER 114

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 224

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 57, TITLE 25, OF THE DELAWARE CODE TO REQUIRE LANDLORDS TO CHANGE THE LOCKS OF PREMISES RETURNED TO THEM AS A RESULT OF A SUMMARY PROCEEDING FOR POSSESSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF FUTURE TENANTS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Section 5715, Chapter 57, Title 25, Delaware Code, by adding a new subsection (f) to read u follows:

"(f) Whenever the plaintiff is put into full possession under this chapter it shall be the duty of the plaintiff, at the time actual repossession occurs, to have the locks to the premises changed if said premises are to be further teased out. Any plaintiff who falls to comply with this subsection shall be liable to any new tenant whose person or property is injured u a result of entry to the premises gained by the dispossessed tenant by use of a key still in his possession which fit the lock to the premises at the time of his tenancy.

Approved July 3, 1985