A Delaware rental application is a document provided to all prospective residential tenants by a landlord who will use the information to determine each applicant’s eligibility. The data collected through a rental application form includes current and past residences, income and employment information, references, pet information, and vehicle information. By signing the form, the prospective tenant is giving the landlord permission to perform all necessary background checks. For this process, the landlord may charge an application fee (see maximum application fee amount below). After the landlord has collected all application forms, they will be able to select the individual best-suited for tenancy.
Maximum Fees ($)
Application Fee (§ 5514(d)) – A landlord may charge an application fee as long as the amount is not more than $50 or 10% of the monthly rent, whichever is greater.
Pet Deposit (§ 5514(i)(2)) – Tenants may be charged a pet deposit as long as it does not exceed the equivalent of one (1) month’s rent.
Security Deposit (§ 5514(a)(2)) – The maximum security deposit amount in Delaware is the equivalent of one (1) month’s rent.