Rent Increases & Fees in Rhode Island

Rent Increases & Fees in Rhode Island

Last Updated: May 5, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Rhode Island, there is no rent control, and the state does not preempt rent control. If proper notice is given, landlords can set rent and increase it. Rhode Island’s rent increase law is primarily governed by RI Gen L § 34-18-16.1.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases 30 Days or 60 Days
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee $25

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Rhode Island?

A Rhode Island landlord must 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.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Rhode Island?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, 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.

It is also illegal for a Rhode Island landlord to increase rent in retaliation if a tenant files a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding the health or safety of the property, or joining or organizing a tenant’s group.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Rhode Island?

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

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, a landlord must provide a 30-Day Notice when seeking to increase rent on an “at-will” tenant. If the tenant is over the age of 62, the landlord must provide a 60-Day Notice increasing rent. (R.I. Gen. Law § 34-18-16.1)

How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island doesn’t dictate how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Rhode Island

Rhode Island does not have specific statutes regarding late fees. Landlords must include information on late fees in the lease agreement.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Rhode Island

If rent remains unpaid for 30 days after the tenant has been made aware of the return of the rental payment and receives 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. (RI Stat. 6-42/6-42-3)

Rhode Island Cities 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)