Rhode Island State Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Rhode Island state landlords can raise rent if there’s appropriate notice provided.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Rhode Island landlords must provide 30 days notice from next rent due date and 60 days for tenants over 62 yrs old.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Rhode Island state landlords may charge up to $20 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Rhode Island landlord is required to abide by the conditions of the lease agreement. To raise rent on an “at-will” tenant, a landlord must provide the appropriate amount of notice.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

It is illegal for a Rhode Island landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

Rhode Island does not legislate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

In Rhode Island, a landlord is required to provide a 30-Day Notice when seeking to increase rent on an “at-will” tenant. If the tenant in question is over the age of 62, the landlord is required to provide a 60-Day Notice before the increased rent can go into effect (Rhode Island Renter’s Handbook).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Rhode Island doesn’t legislate the frequency with which rent may be increased.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Rhode Island does not legislate late fees.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

If rent remains unpaid for 30 days after the tenant has been made aware of the return of the rental payment and received a notice demanding payment, the landlord may charge the tenant up to a $25 collection fee. The landlord may also request up to three times the amount of the check for an amount between $200 and $1000 (Rhode Island Statute 6-42/6-42-3).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

Rhode Island has no legislation limiting the amount that a landlord may ask for rent. Case law in the state has preempted the ability of local municipalities to enact ordinances regulating rent (Girard V Town of Allenstown).