Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 13, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for repeating a lease violation within a 6-month period of a previous notice of noncompliance. Because it’s a repeat violation, the tenant is not allowed further opportunity for corrective action, and must move out within twenty (20) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate

A Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process when the tenant repeats a lease violation within a six (6) month period of a notice of noncompliance for the same or similar issue.

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 Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To 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
  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 Vacate

Rhode Island landlords may deliver a Notice To 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.