Volume 6, Issue 11:  May 10, 2013

Mid Year Meetings and Trade Show:  Washington DC May 15-17: Join us in Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities, and the industry trade show.  To learn more, click HEREIf you are interested in participating in the Capitol Hill visits please email maria@delawarerealtor.com by 8:00am Monday morning, space is limited!
Legislation of Interest:  Please forward any comments to maria@delawarerealtor.com!
HB 95: This bill was introduced in the House and has been Amended: AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CONSERVATION AND  ENVIRONMENTAL LIENS. Synopsis:  This Act provides the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control with the authority to impose environmental liens on real property in an effort to recover taxpayers’ money expended by the State in order to investigate and clean up contaminated properties in circumstances where the property owners who caused the contamination have failed to do so.  Please read HB 95 w/ HA 1 HERE
HB 92: This bill has passed the House of Representatives 38-0 with 3 absent and has been amended, it is currently assigned to the Community/County Affairs Committee in Senate and is on their Agenda for May 15th at 3:30pm:  Synopsis:  This bill amends the landlord/tenant code to permit the use of a surety bond in place of a security deposit.  Instead of paying a refundable security deposit, a tenant may, if the landlord permits, purchase a nonrefundable “surety bond” for a percentage of the security deposit amount.  The issuer of the surety bond would then be liable to the landlord in the event the tenant does not pay for any damages sustained by the landlord due to non-payment of rent, breach of lease, or damage to the rental property.  You can read HB 92 w/HA 1 HERE
HB 70:  This bill has passed the House of Representatives 41-0 and has been assigned to the Senate Community/County Affairs Committee for a May 15th hearing at 3:30pm:  Synopsis:  This Bill recognizes the importance of properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in keeping tenants safe by expressly prohibiting a tenant from removing or tampering with a properly functioning detector installed in the rental unit by a landlord.  You can read HB 70 HERE
HS 1 for HB 28:  This bill has been SUBSTITUTED and assigned to the House Health and Human Development Committee:  Synopsis: This bill makes it a crime to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine laboratory defined as any location on or in which a person assembles any chemicals or equipment which are intended to be used to or have been used to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance or other substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.  Any person convicted would also be responsible for all reasonable costs associated with remediation of the site and any other site resulting from the operation or disposal of substances or materials from a clandestine laboratory. This act is modeled after similar laws from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Read HS 1 for HB 28 HERE.
HB 44 with HA 2:  This bill has passed the House and is now assigned to the Community/County Affairs Committee in the Senate. Synopsis:  This bill permits a real property owner or tenant to display an American flag on a pole attached to the exterior of the property’s structure or on a flagpole located within the property’s boundaries, provided the flagpole does not exceed 25 feet in height and conforms to all setback requirements.  Any and all community restrictions to the contrary will not be enforceable.  You can check out HB 44 with HA 2 HERE.
Delaware Real Estate Commission Is Looking For Input:  The Delaware Real Estate Commission is asking for recommendations regarding changes to the Seller’s Disclosure of the Real Property Condition Report.  You can email your recommendations to Rick Allamong at rick@andytoday.comAll recommendations must be received by May 31, 2013! 
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Federal News In Case You Missed It:
Webinar on Flood Insurance Rate Changes:  NAR and the National Association of Home Builders are hosting a webinar on the new premium rate structures and other changes from the major flood insurance reforms enacted by the federal government last year. A representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with present and answer questions. The webinar is May 23, 1-3 p.m., Eastern Time. Share registration link.

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