Musser v. Evans, C.A. No. JP17-20-003136

CourtCourt of Justice of Peace Court of Delaware
Writing for the CourtSCOTT WILLEY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
PartiesCALVIN MUSSER III. Plaintiff Below, Appellant v. NATASHA EVANS Defendant Below, Appellee
Docket NumberC.A. No. JP17-20-003136
Decision Date10 November 2020

CALVIN MUSSER III. Plaintiff Below, Appellant
v.
NATASHA EVANS Defendant Below, Appellee

C.A. No. JP17-20-003136

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE IN AND FOR SUSSEX COUNTY COURT NO. 17

Submitted: NOVEMBER 6, 2020
NOVEMBER 10, 2020


TRIAL DE NOVO

APPEARANCES:
CALVIN L. MUSSER III APPEARED PRO SE
DEFENDANT WAS REPRESENTED BY TASHA M. STEVENS, ESQUIRE

SCOTT WILLEY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
RICHARD COMLY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
DEBORAH KEENAN, DEPUTY CHIEF MAGISTRATE

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ORDER ON TRIAL DE NOVO
The Court has entered a judgment or order in the following form:

HISTORY/FACTS

This case was originally filed as a Summary Possession action by Plaintiff, Calvin L. Musser against Defendant, Natasha Evans regarding the rental property located at 11262 Scarborough Lane, Unit A Laurel, Delaware. The case proceeded to trial on October 12, 2020 where the Court, upon motion of the Defendant, dismissed the case due to Plaintiff's failure to present the notice sent to Defendant by Plaintiff pursuant to 25 Del. Code §5502 Landlord Remedies for Failure to Pay Rent.

Plaintiff appealed, and the Court scheduled the matter for a Trial de Novo on November 06, 2020. During presentation of its case, Plaintiff submitted a letter dated June 9, 2020 which was sent to Defendant as notice of Plaintiff's intention to terminate the lease agreement. Although other rules violations were mentioned, Plaintiff indicated to the Court that he only wished to move forward with the issue of nonpayment of rent. Upon Plaintiff's completion of presenting its case, Defendant made a motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 41 (b) indicating that the notice to Defendant did not conform with 25 Del. Code §5502 which states in pertinent part:

(a) A landlord or the landlord's agent may, any time after rent is due, including the time period between the date the rent is due and the date under this Code when late fees may be imposed, demand payment thereof and notify the tenant in writing that unless payment is made within a time mentioned in such notice, to be not less than 5 days after the date notice was given or sent, the rental agreement shall be terminated. If the tenant remains in default, the landlord may thereafter bring an action for summary possession of the dwelling unit or any other proper proceeding, action or suit for possession.

Upon review of the letter, the court determined it was indeed faulty, and subsequently GRANTED the motion to dismiss. Accordingly, this matter is dismissed without...

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