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Updated August 18, 2022

A Delaware eviction notice is a letter sent by a landlord to notify a tenant of a lease infraction. The landlord will write a description of the lease violation and the statutory time period the tenant has to fix the issue. If the tenant does not cure the violation, the lease will be terminated and the landlord will be able to file an eviction lawsuit (Summary Process) with the local Justice of the Peace Court .

By Type (4)

Immediate Notice to Quit ( Irreparable Harm ) – To be served to a tenant that has caused or threatened irreparable harm to a person or to property. In addition, this notice may be used if the tenant has been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor.

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5-Day Notice to Quit ( Non-Payment of Rent ) – This notice is for use when a tenant has failed to pay the rent when it is due. The landlord must send a demand for payment and the tenant has five business days to respond by paying rent before the landlord can take further action.

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7-Day Notice to Quit ( Non-Compliance ) – This notice is for use when a tenant has breached the lease agreement in some way. The tenant will have seven days to take corrective action before the landlord can continue the eviction process.

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60-Day Notice to Quit ( Month-to-Month Tenancy ) – This notice is for use when a landlord seeks to inform the tenant that the lease will end at the end of the term and not renew.

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Eviction Laws

Court Forms

Summons – This document is served on the tenant with the Complaint to communicate that an action for summary possession has been filed against them.

Complaint – The complaint states the relationship between the landlord and tenant and describes the reason for which the summary process is taking place. This document is to be filed with the Court that will hear the case.

Answer – While not required, the tenant may file an answer with the Court to plead their case. An Answer is not required; however, it is mandatory that the defendant appears before the court at the time and place detailed in the summons or a default judgment will be placed against them.

Writ of Possession  – A writ of possession may be requested by the plaintiff should they win the case as it orders a constable to remove the tenant from the unit. There is a ten (10) day grace period from the time of the judgment before the Court will issue a writ of possession.

When is Rent Late?

Rent is considered late if it is not paid by the date it is due, however, a landlord cannot charge late fees until at least five (5) days after the rent is due. ( § 5501(d) )

How to Evict (Process)

Step 1 –  The landlord must determine which type of notice is required to inform the Tenant of the potential for the summary process (or eviction). If the tenant has failed to pay rent, the Landlord may use the 5-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment of Rent) . If the tenant has failed to comply with a provision of the lease agreement, other than the failure to pay rent, the Landlord may use the  7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance) . If the Landlord is seeking to make sure that the tenant moves out at the end of the lease term, he or she may use the  60-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month Tenancy) .

Step 2 –  When the requisite time period for the tenant to respond has expired without a satisfactory response, the Landlord may begin Summary Process proceedings by filing a Complaint  with the Justice of the Peace Court Nearest the Property in question, along with a filing fee of $40 and a copy of the notice sent to Tenant.

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Step 3 –  The court will serve the papers on the tenant and a trial date will be set.

Step 4 –  If there is a judgment in favor of the landlord and the tenant still does not vacate the property, the landlord can ask for a writ of possession from the court.


How To Write (Notice To Quit)

1 – Organize the Paperwork

At least two documents will be necessary. The first will be the Lease that has been violated which you should be able to obtain from your records while the second is the Delaware Notice to Quit Form which you may download using the buttons under the image on the right.

2 – Recipient of the Notice

Locate the party on the Lease that has violated it, then enter this Name on the blank line next to the word “To” at the top of the page.

3 – Rental Property Address

The City, County, Zip Code, Building Number, and Street, and Apartment Number must all be supplied on the blank spaces in the first statement (in that order). The next statement will require the Signature Date reported on the blank spaces provided.

The Signature Date (on the Lease) must be reported by entering the Calendar Date in the first space, the Month in the second space, and the Year in the third space.

4 – Violations and Terminations

Place a checkmark attached to one of the following statements. Make sure to fill out the required information for each choice.

The Nonpayment checkbox will give the Tenant five days to pay an Overdue Amount of money or surrender the residence to the Landlord or Authorized Agent. Choosing this statement requires you to provide the Name of the Authorized Agent, the Dollar Amount Due, and the Rental Period that must be paid in the spaces provided.

The Noncompliance checkbox will give the Tenant seven days to correct the lease violation. If choosing this statement, report the Lease Term that has been violated and needs to be remedied on the blank line provided.

The Month to Month Tenancy checkbox for Landlords will inform a Tenant the Lease Agreement shall end on the Calendar Date you must enter on the blank spaces in this statement. Keep in mind the Termination must be listed at least sixty days from the Date the Tenant receives this Notice.

The Month to Month Tenancy checkbox for Tenants will require the Date this Lease Agreement will be Terminated to be entered. This should be at least sixty days from the receipt of this Notice by the Tenant.

5 – Signature Verification

The Landlord or Agent issuing this Notice to the recipient must Sign his or her Name on the blank line following the Disclosure beginning with the words “You are further…”

6 – Certifying Delivery

The Agent of Delivery will need to certify when this completed form has been delivered to the recipient by providing the Date using the appropriate blank spaces in the statement below the heading “Certificate of Service”. The last blank line of this statement will require the Name of the individual who has accepted this Notice. Finally, the Agent of Delivery will check the first check box if this form has been delivered to the intended recipient personally, the second check box if it has been left with a reasonably reliable second party (such as a co-worker at the recipient’s job or a household member in the recipient’s home), or the third check box if the completed form has been mailed to the recipient directly, using First Class Mail. The Agent of Delivery must Sign his or her Name on the last blank line.