Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 13, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for a lease violation, such as failing to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within twenty (20) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Failure to maintain the rental unit in a clean and sanitary manner
  • Occupancy violations
  • Damage to the premises
  • Other lease violations

Some types of Rhode Island lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and the corrective action(s) necessary to avoid termination
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Rhode Island landlords may deliver a Notice To Comply or Vacate by any method which adequately informs the tenant. 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. Mailed notice extends the notice period by one (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.