My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Delaware
My mother lives/rents in a senior citizen community, subsidized by the government, all tenants are on a fixed income and are elderly. My mother is 78.
The existing storm door has a hinge that has finally broken from normal usage (the storm door is approximately 20 years old), the clam like metal hinge became wore down, thinned and finally broke into.
the maintenance man can't find a replacement hinge and therefore, the office has notified my mother that they will install a new storm door and that she is reponsible for the cost. ($200 plus)
I am also finding out that the onsite-office, initially made all the senior citizens pay for the storm doors 20 years ago when they had a contractor install them. The money was added to their rents.
My mother has lived there about 10 years. The door was there when my mother initially rented the unit.
My 2 questions:
Isn't this illegal to make the tenants buy storm doors to begin with? And second, isn't it illegal to make my mother pay for a replacement door because they cannot find a replacement hinge- which was very clearly broken due to normal wear and tear of decades of use?
My mother's income is very low. $630 a month fixed ss