Tenant Resources -- Harrison Properties, Ltd.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST...
AGENCY DISCLOSUREHarrison Properties represents the owner’s interest and has fiduciary responsibilities to the owner of the rental unit you may apply for. We are obligated to treat all parties fairly, respond accurately and honestly to all questions, and to disclose material facts about the property. Additional information regarding this agency relationship is explained in the Consumer Information Statement (CIS) which prospective tenants must bring with them before viewing their first rental.
RENTAL GUIDELINESAll prospective tenants must meet qualifications based on rental and employment history, as well as income and credit standards. A credit report from a nationally recognized credit reporting company is run on all applicants. Income assessment is based on gross monthly income. If two or more applicants are sharing a rental unit, their combined income will be considered. As a guideline, gross monthly income of the applicant(s) should be 3 times the monthly rent.
PETSAlthough most of our rental houses permit pets, most of our apartments do not. Please ask us, before scheduling a showing, if you need a pet friendly rental. If owners do accept pets, an addendum to the lease and a pet deposit are required.
APPLICATION INFORMATIONAll adults intending to reside in a unit must complete an application and be a designated tenant on the lease.
To complete the application, we will need the following:
- Application fee $30.00 (per applicant). Non-refundable.
- Income Verification Two most recent pay stubs. If self-employed, prior year’s tax return or W-2.
- Personal I.D. Current Driver License.
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APPLICATION APPROVAL PROCESSProcessing an application requires a minimum of 2-4 days. Once completed, the owner makes the final decision to approve or deny an application. To strengthen an application, the owner may require a co-signer, who must reside in Delaware.
Harrison Properties acts in compliance with all fair housing practices and standards. Federal and state laws make it illegal for anyone to refuse to rent because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, age, handicap or national origin.
ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED...
SECURITY DEPOSIT In order to reserve the rental unit and take it off the market, we must receive a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. The deposit must be in the form of a money order, certified check or bank check.
Prior to moving in, you will be scheduled for a ½ hour orientation and lease signing in our office. We are required to give you the following three documents, which you should review prior to orientation:
•The purpose of the Delaware Residential Landlord Tenant Code is to familiarize tenants and landlords with their rights and obligations under the code. Summary of the Delaware Residential Tenant Code »
•Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that may contain lead. Lead from paint, paint chips and dust can pose health hazards. The link below will provide information about lead paint safety. Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home »
• The owner of your building is required by law to provide smoke detection devices outside the bedrooms of your apartments. After 1 month’s residency, tenants are responsible for the maintenance of such devices by providing operable batteries for the detection devices.
Delaware's Smoke Detector Law »
All utilities for which you are responsible must be turned on in your name by move-in day.
Verizon 800-VERIZON or 800-837-4966
Comcast 800-COMCAST or 800-266-2278
It is strongly recommended, and sometimes required, that you purchase renter’s insurance to protect your furniture, clothing, and electronics. The owner’s insurance does not cover any of your property in case of damage or loss.
MOVE-IN DAYA Harrison Properties representative will meet you at your new home on move-in day to do an inspection of the rental unit. At that time, your first month’s rent (or pro-rated rent if moving mid-month) in the form of a money order, certified check or bank check is due. If you have been approved for a pet, the pet deposit is also due.
WHILE YOU ARE A TENANTThe summary of the Delaware Landlord-Tenant Code will answer your questions regarding your rights and responsibilities. Your lease complies with the Code and outlines what is required of you during your tenancy. Likewise, the Wilmington City Code outlines your responsibilities as a city resident.
PAYING RENTAs a reminder, rent is due on the first day of each month. Your check should be made payable to Harrison Properties, Ltd. and mailed or delivered to Harrison Properties, Ltd., 1715 Delaware Avenue, 2nd Floor, Wilmington, DE 19806. Rents received after the 5th of the month are subject to a late charge equal to 5% of the monthly rent
MAINTENANCE REQUESTSWe ask that you email all requests for maintenance to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond via e-mail within 24 hours to verify receipt of the request and let you know our plan of action. It is most important to email us immediately regarding water problems, such as, leaking pipes and ceilings, dripping faucets, and running toilets.
PARKING STICKERSThe City of Wilmington, County/City Office Building, 8th and French Sts., will issue you a parking sticker for your car. You will need to present a signed copy of your lease, your driver license and registration. For more information: (302) 571-4320.
If you expect guests who will need to park on the street, you may contact the City for a guest parking pass by calling (302) 576-3980. This is for time-limited, on-street parking only and does not exempt drivers from other parking regulations. Be prepared to provide the following: vehicle’s make, color, license plate number, parking location, contact name and phone number. You may also contact guestpass@WilmingtonDE.gov.
WHEN IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON
GIVING NOTICEPlease remember to give 60 days written notice if you do not wish to renew your lease, as required by the Landlord-Tenant Code. The notice will be effective the first day of the month following the date notice is given. Month to month leases still require 60 days notice. Real estate agents at Harrison Properties will begin showing your apartment to prospective tenants. You will be given advance notice via cell phone or email for each showing.
MOVING OUT?Although we will be sad to see you go, we want your move-out experience to be as smooth as your move-in. The Move-Out Checklist will help you get organized.
Utilities must remain in the tenant’s name until the day that the lease terminates, regardless of residency. At that time, the utilities will be transferred to an incoming tenant or into Harrison Properties’ name. We do not, under any circumstances, want the utilities turned off.
PROTECTING YOUR SECURITY DEPOSITPlease refer to the Security Deposit Addendum of your lease for detailed information regarding deductions to your deposit. You may not use your security deposit in lieu of your last months rent. When you have vacated, a representative of Harrison Properties will inspect the unit. You may be present, if you choose. Within 20 days from the termination of your lease, we will mail you the Security Deposit Disposition and deposit due you. Don’t forget to give us your forwarding address! We'd love to stay in touch to help you with your real estate needs in the future!
"I wanted to say that my 1-year . . . at a Harrison Property was one of the best property management experiences ever. Harrison Properties always provided great services . . . in a timely matter and I never had to address a problem more than once. They were always professional, effective and efficient in every aspect of property management and I have had my fair share of property management experiences. From living in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Albuquerque, I had the best results from Harrison Properties in Wilmington, DE."