How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Rhode Island

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Rhode Island

Last Updated: March 12, 2024 by Marnie Snyder

In Rhode Island, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

A 5 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent is the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time. A landlord can serve notice to the tenant if the rent balance due is more than fifteen (15) calendar days late, either in part or in full.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Rhode Island

Rhode Island landlords may deliver an eviction notice by any method which adequately informs the other party. The law recognizes these methods as having a presumption of legal validity:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Mailed delivery via first class mail, to the tenant’s address of record or last known residence

By default, notice is considered complete when it is received. Except with a 5 Day Notice To Quit for unpaid rent only, mailed notice extends the notice period by one (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Rhode Island 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • First Class Mail – mail receipt and completing a Declaration of Service

Rhode Island Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
20 Day Notice To Vacate Eviction for Repeat Lease Violation
10 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly Lease /

Ending a Tenancy of Less than 1 Year

90 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Yearly Lease