Immediate Occupancy

Tenant Information for Dover, Delaware Apartments
Colonial Investment & Management Company, Inc.
(302) 736-0674 Voice                     Fax (302) 736-1595

Office Information

Our office hours are Mon – Thur 9:00 to 5:00, Fri 9:00 – 4:30.

We are closed New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & day after, Christmas Day & day before or after (determined annually).  As Holidays approach, please see "News" (located in our navigation menu at the upper left of the page) for specific hours.

Our phone number (302) 736-0674 is a 24/7 number.  Our answering service offers a live response when we are closed.  There is 24 hour emergency maintenance available for all true emergencies.   Any maintenance request that can wait until regular hours will be documented, and scheduled as soon as the office re-opens.  Our fax number is (302) 736-1595.

We enjoy a very good reputation and relationship with the Dover Community Police, as well as the Dover Air Force Base Housing Office.  It is our goal to provide the safest and best managed & maintained apartments in Dover.

We encourage residents to call 911 anytime they feel it is needed. (Noise, suspicious activity, safety concerns,etc.)

Apartment Move-In Process

On the day before you intend to take possession of an apartment, it is a good idea to call the office to confirm.  Rarely there may still be something going on in the apartment that will not be completed until after noon, for example.

On the day you come to take possession, you will need to allow about 15 – 20 minutes.  You will need to:

  • Read & sign the Lease
  • Read & sign a Pet Agreement (if applicable)
  • Pay the balance of your Security Deposit, which is equal to one month’s rent (less the $250.00 paid to take the apartment off the market, which goes toward Security Deposit)
  • Pay the Pet Deposit (if applicable)
  • Pay the first month’s rent, which is pro-rated, literally to the number of days that you have possession.  (Take amount of monthly rent, divide by number of days in month, multiply by number of days you will have possession OR call the office & we’ll do the math for you!)
  • Receive a brief orientation.
  • Get your keys and be on your way.
  • The electric (and gas, if applicable) services are on in our name at the time you take possession.  We give you 3 Business Days to get these services transferred into your name.  (You are not establishing a new service; you are simply transferring an existing service into your name).  Please see "Local Utility Information" (located in our navigation menu at the upper left of the page) for more details.  We are not responsible for any requirements &/or deposits by the service providers.

Apartment Move-Out Notice

We require 2 full calendar months notice of your intent to vacate, as stated in the State of Delaware Landlord Tenant Code 25 Del.C. §5106 (c).  In lieu of directly quoting, here is a translation:

  • If you are currently in a lease, you will need to notify us in writing 60 days before your lease ends - that would be the first day of the month, TWO months before your lease expires (i.e Lease ends September 30, notice due in office by August 01).  An offer to renew your lease will come from our office a week or two before, so it will act as a reminder when your lease is expiring.
  • If you are currently a “month-to-month” tenant, you will need to notify us in writing 2 calendar months (not 60 days) in advance.  Pursuant to the above referenced code, if a notice is received during the month, the notice “…period shall begin on the 1st day of the month following the day of actual notice”.  That means 2 full calendar months.  A notice received on the 15th of a month DOES NOT relieve you on the 15th of a month.


State of Delaware Landlord Tenant Code 25 Del.C. §5314 (b) offers some exceptions to these requirements, reducing the notice time from 2 full calendar months to 1 full calendar month.   In lieu of directly quoting, here is a brief summary of events that qualify for this reduction.  If a tenant:

  •  receives a job transfer from their current employer relocating in excess of 30 miles (job with new employer does not qualify).  This includes Military Orders.
  • has a serious illness that requires permanent change of residence (i.e. assisted living, nursing home).
  • is accepted into Senior Citizen’s facility (including subsidized housing), or group living facility, or retirement home.
  • is accepted into government subsidized housing (including Base Housing).
  • joins the Military as active duty status.
  • Also may be terminated by the surviving spouse or representative of the estate of a tenant, upon the death of the tenant.

If you have any questions, call the office at 302-736-0674.