CHAPTER 189

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 219

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, TITLE 25, OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO NOTICE OF RENT INCREASES.

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

Section 1. Amend Section 5501, Chapter 55, Title 25 of the Delaware Code, by adding thereto two new subsections (e) and (f) to read as follows:

"(e) Landlord shall give a minimum of 60 days written notice of any increase in the rent payable by the tenant. Such notice shall include the amount of the rental increase and its effective date.

(f) Upon receipt by tenant of written notice from landlord of an Increase in the rent payable by the tenant, the tenant shall have a minimum of 15 days during which the tenant must respond in writing to the landlord stating one of the following conditions:

(I) Tenant agrees to accept the amount of the rental increase and its effective date as an amendment to the existing lease between landlord and tenant: or

(2) Tenant requests a new lease in writing from the landlord stating all of the terms of the lease including the new amount of rent and its effective date; or

(3) The tenant will terminate and vacate the premises under the terms of the current lease."

Approved July 19, 1985.