Dover seeks tighter regulations for short-term rental properties

DOVER — The city of Dover does not have an ordinance that addresses short-term rental properties within the city, which has become an issue lately with several homeowners who believe more stringent rules — or even elimination — of such rental units in neighborhoods is warranted. Dave Hugg, director of planning and inspections for the […]

State to receive $3.2 million for housing-related issues

WILMINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday it will provide about $3.2 million to Delaware.Part of the third wave in federal funding, the money will be used to help low-income, elderly and young Delawareans in need. “DSHA is pleased to be receiving this latest funding allocation from HUD to assist […]

Commentary: Leased land legislation would benefit homeowners

By Fred Neil The expected income for the current fiscal year has dropped severely as we face the Dover City budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2020. I do not think that any elected official on any level of government expects a magically fast bounceback in our economy. It is my hope […]

Modification to Delaware emergency order protects renters, seniors

DOVER — Delaware Gov. John C. Carney issued the 14th modification Thursday to his emergency declaration surrounding the coronavirus crisis. This update provides additional protections for Delaware renters who are attempting to obtain new housing. The order forbids a landlord from assessing double rent from holdover tenants who fail to vacate their rental units at […]

Commentary: Prevent harassment: Know your fair housing rights

By Joseph J. DeFelice Two women were forced to move when an apartment maintenance worker told them they could exchange sex for rent. A landlord entered a woman’s apartment uninvited and on one occasion the woman awoke to find him in her bedroom, on her bed. Another woman was threatened with eviction if she didn’t […]

A record low on average 30-year fixed mortgage: 3.29%

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates have sunk to a record low, giving many homeowners an opening to refinance their loans to free up money to spend or save. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage hit a record low of 3.29% this week from 3.45% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. The decline […]

Commentary: Manufactured home owners have their rights

By Madinah Wilson-Anton When I was a legislative aide, I remember receiving phone calls one morning because members of the community had gotten notice that their water would be cut off, even though they had paid their bills. It turned out hundreds of families had gotten this notice — because the landowner of Glasgow Court […]

Five Kent and Sussex communities will receive money for housing projects

CLAYMONT — Dover, Ellendale, Milford, Milton and Seaford were among seven cities and towns in Delaware that received part of $1 million from Delaware’s Housing Development Fund to help spur seven affordable housing projects statewide. Gov. John Carney announced the awards on Wednesday and was joined by Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben […]

Commentary: Delaware taxpayers being shortchanged on leased-land housing

Delaware housing is at a crisis level due to the lack of affordable housing. The cost of housing is a factor in the yin and yang of minimum wage. According to Tom Koprowski, of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, who presented at the Housing Alliance Delaware meeting this year, stable housing is linked to […]

Commentary: Fair housing no longer exists in Sussex

By Jim Martin Please help me spread the word about the current housing crisis and the lack of fair housing opportunities for the working poor in Sussex County! I am seeing how those who are earning less than $21 an hour are being pushed out of Sussex County because of steadily increasing housing costs month […]