Cost of an Eviction in Rhode Island

Cost of an Eviction in Rhode Island

Last Updated: April 12, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The cost of an eviction in Rhode Island for all filing, court, and service fees can vary heavily based on service fees. Eviction cases shall be filed in District Court and the average cost is $235.  The case can also be filed in the appropriate Housing Court.

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In Rhode Island, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Forcible Detainer”) with the court the following business day.

The filing fee for an initial Forcible Detainer is $80 [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’] plus a technology surcharge of $25. [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’]

Note, if the landlord is paying by credit card a $3.25% fee would apply.

2. Summons Service Fee

Once a Complaint is filed in Rhode Island, the court will issue a Summons. The Summons is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a process server to deliver the Summons to the tenant.

The Summons service fee varies by process server. For example, a sheriff or constable can charge $45 per tenant for delivering a Summons.

3. Writ of Execution Issuance Fee

In Rhode Island, if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Execution upon the landlord’s request. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises. The filing fee for a writ is $20. [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’]

4. Writ of Execution Service Fee

A Rhode Island sheriff or constable must serve the Writ of Execution to the tenant. They may charge a service fee that does not exceed $45.

5. Writ of Execution Enforcement Fee

In Rhode Island, if a tenant remains at the premises after the writ expires, a sheriff or constable may execute the writ by removing the tenant from the premises. They can charge a fee of $45. [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’]

6. Notice of Appeal Filing Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal, they may do so as long as the Notice of Appeal is filed within 5 calendar days of the judgment. The filing fee is $150. [ttip number=’4′ icon=’popover-balance’]