Delaware Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Delaware Standard Residential Agreement is a legal document that is prepared by the landlord/manager of a property (residential), for lease. The document will provide information pertaining to the landlord, tenant, the premises for lease, as well, the terms and conditions required by the lessor, that must be agreed upon by the lessee, so that they may have rights to lease the property.

The document will address, lease amount, any deposits (security, pet etc), utilities, parking availability (if any) and other various aspects of the lease. Once the lease has been completed by the landlord or management, the tenant(s) must be allowed to take the time to review all aspects of the lease, especially those areas that address the policies and rules of leasing the property. The tenant must agree to all of the information contained within the lease prior to application of signature(s) to ensure, that while they are leasing the property, they will understand how to properly care for the premises and how to have deposits returned to them once the lease expires.

All tenant(s), including additional occupants over the age of 18 years, must provide signatures and be advised that each tenant will be responsible for the care of the property, while they are in possession. As well the landlord/management must recognize the tenant’s rights to a safe and peaceful living environment.

LawsTitle 25, Chapter 53 (Landlord Obligations and Tenant Remedies)

HandbookA Summary of the Delaware Residential Landlord-Tenant Code (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1 – Download the document and provide the following information:

  • Landlord’s name
  • Landlord’s street address
  • City
  • State
  • AND
  • The names of all tenant(s) who shall reside on the premises
  • AND
  • Enter the names of all occupants who will also live on the premises in addition to the tenant(s)

Step 2 – Offer to Rent –

  • Submit the type of residence (apartment, condo, house – etc)
  • Enter the address where the property is situated
  • City
  • The number of bathrooms
  • The number of Bedrooms

Step 3 – Purpose –

  • Review the statement provided

Step 4 – Furnishings –

  • Check the box indicating whether or not there will be furnishings provided by the landlord
  • If the premises shall contain furnishings, submit a brief description of what furnishings shall be provided (ie: sofa, chair, desk, dishes, bed etc)

Step 5 – Appliances –

  • Check the applicable box that would indicate whether or not the landlord shall provide appliances as part of the leasing costs
  • If the landlord will, in fact, provide appliances, enter a brief description of what appliances shall be provided

Step 6 – Lease Term –

  • Provide the date on which the commencement of the lease shall begin in dd/m/yy format
  • Provide the ending date of the lease in dd/m/yy format

Step 7 – Rent –

  • The landlord/management, must state the equal monthly rental installments
  • Submit the day each month that rent shall be due, to avoid late fees
  • Enter the required method of payment and the location where the rent shall be received, consistently, each month

Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) –

  • The landlord must check the box that would state whether or not there will be fees, related to any check that has been presented and returned for insufficient funds
  • If the selected box will address a fee for each check returned, enter that fee amount

Late Fee –

  • If the rental payment is late, check the box and enter the penalty (fee)
  • Enter the number of days in which the tenant(s) will have, after the initial due date, to pay their rent without penalty
  • If there shall be no late fee, check the box

First Month’s Rent –

  • Check the box that would state when the first month’s rent shall be due

Pre-Payment –

  • Check the appropriate box stating the agreement between the parties
  • If the tenant(s) shall move into the premises prior to the actual start date of the lease, enter the move in date in, dd/m/yy format
  • Submit the prorated amount that must be paid by the tenant(s) for early move in

Security Deposit –

  • The landlord/management, must enter the amount of the security deposit that must be paid by the tenant(s) prior to possession (unless otherwise agreed between the parties)
  • Submit the date, after the lease ends and the tenant(s) have vacated the property, that the return of the deposit payment should be expected

Step 8 – Titled Sections –

The landlord must review all remaining titled sections, entering any other required information as follows:

  • Possession
  • Access
  • Move-In Inspection – (check the applicable box )
  • Subletting
  • Abandonment
  • Assignment
  • Parking – (Check the applicable box – enter all of the required in formation, if any, into this section )
  • Right of Entry
  • Sale of Property – (Check the appropriate box – If the landlord will have a right to early termination due to sale of the property, this must be stated in writing, to the tenant(s) – enter the number of days allowed that the tenant(s) shall have to move to a new location)
  • Utilities – (Landlord must list the utilities that shall be provided as part of the rental payment)
  • Maintenance, Repairs or Alterations
  • Early Termination – ( The landlord/Management, must check the correct box and enter all required information)
  • Pets – (The landlord must check the allowable box and enter all of the information, if pets will be allowed)
  • Noise/Waste
  • Guests
  • Smoking Policy – (The landlord must check the box indicating smoking allowance and enter any formal information with regard to this subject)
  • Compliance With the Law
  • Multiple Tenat(s) or Occupant(s)
  • Disputes
  • Severability
  • Surrender of Premises
  • Retaliation
  • Waiver
  • Equal Housing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Waterbeds – (Check the box indicating whether or not waterbeds would be allowed on the premises)
  • Indemnification
  • Covenants
  • Notices – ( Both parties must provide, one to the other, a mailing address for the purpose of providing written notices to one another)
  • Agent/Manager – ( Landlord/Manager, must check the applicable box and enter all of the required information)
  • Premises Deemed Uninhabitable
  • Lead Paint – (Must be read and initialed by both the tenant(s) and landlord
  • Governing Law
  • Additional Terms and Conditions – (If there are additional terms and conditions, the landlord must enter them into the lines provided, if not, leave this section blank)
  • Entire Agreement

Step 9 – Signatures –

  • If, once the document has been completed and reviewed by both parties (landlord and tenant(s)), the landlord, all tenants over the age of 18 years as well as any occupants that would be residing within the premises, must provide their signatures as follows:
  • Landlord’s signature
  • Landlord’s printed name
  • Date of landlord’s signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • AND
  • Submit the respective, adult, tenant’s signatures
  • Tenant’s printed names
  • Date of tenant’s signature (respectively) – mm/dd/yyyy

Step 10 – Amount Due at Signing – The landlord must provide all of the following, itemized information, as follows:

  • Security Deposit
  • First (1st) month’s rent
  • Parking fees (if applicable)
  • Pet fees (if any)
  • Prepayment of rent (if it applies)
  • Proration amount (if any)

Once agreed and completed between the parties, the tenant(s) must receive a copy of the full document for future reference and record keeping.