Rhode Island Eviction Notice Forms

QUICK LINKS

A Rhode Island eviction notice form to pay rent is a written document that states a tenant has a certain number of days to pay the rent 5 in Rhode Island or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for evictions in Rhode Island. The state of Rhode Island provides specific information on what landlord should include in their eviction notices.

Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices and types of notices for all possible grounds for evictions.

Information Required for all Rhode Island Notices

A landlord is expected to provide some basic information on all notices. This information includes:

  • Date of the notice
  • Name of tenant(s)
  • Address of the rental property
  • Reason the notice is being issued
  • The amount of time the tenant has to remedy the issue or vacate the property
  • Printed name, contact information, and signature of the person issuing the notice
  • Statement indicating that the notice was sent by first class mail with:
    • Date of the mailing
    • Signature of person mailing the notice

Acceptable Ways of Delivering Notices

In the state of Rhode Island, a landlord must provide his/her tenant(s) with written eviction notices through first class mail.

Types of Eviction Notices

Each possible grounds for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.

Eviction Notice for Failure to Pay Rent – 5 Day Demand Notice for Non-payment of Rent

In the state of Rhode Island, a landlord must provide his/her tenant with a 5 Day Demand Notice for Non-payment of Rent before proceeding with the eviction process when rent is past due. The notice may be sent once the rent is 15 days past due and must provide the tenant with 5 days to pay outstanding rent.

Along with information that must be included in all Rhode Island eviction notices, the 5 Day Demand Notice for Non-payment of Rent must include:

  • The amount of rent owed
  • A statement indicating that if the tenant has reason for withholding rent, he/she may present this information during the eviction hearing.

Get the downloadable 5 Day Demand Notice for Nonpayment of rent template form below (.pdf direct link)

Eviction Notice for Lease Violation – Eviction Notice to Quit

In the state of Rhode Island, a landlord is required to provide his/her tenant with a written Notice to Quit before proceeding with the eviction process when the tenant has violated terms of the lease.

The first time a tenant violates terms of the lease agreement, the landlord must provide him/her with a written 20 Day Notice to Cure or Quit. If the same offense occurs again within six months the landlord is not required to provide the tenant with the opportunity to remedy the situation.

Along with information that must be included in all Rhode Island eviction notices, the 20 Day Notice to Cure or Quit must include:

  • A statement indicating whether or not the tenant has the option to remedy the situation
  • A statement indicating the violation the tenant has made

Get the downloadable Eviction Notice to Quit template form below (.pdf direct link)

Eviction Notice for Illegal Behavior – No Notice Required

In the state of Rhode Island, a landlord is not required to provide his/her tenant with a written notice if the tenant has been involved with illegal drugs, committed any criminally violent act on the rental property, or if the tenant has participated in any criminally violent activity or activity associated with illegal drugs on any public property adjacent to the rental property. In these instances, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process immediately by filing an Immediate Eviction Complaint with the court.

Lease Termination Notice for Tenants at Will- Notice for Termination of Tenancy

In the state of Rhode Island, a landlord is required to provide his/her tenant with a written Notice for Termination of Tenancy before proceeding with the eviction process. When seeking to evict a tenant who rents on a weekly basis, the landlord must provide a written 10-Day Notice to Quit. For a month-to-month “at-will” tenant a landlord must provide a 30-Day Notice to Quit. When seeking to evict an “at-will” tenant who rents on a yearly basis, the landlord must provide a 90-Day Notice to Quit.

Along with information that must be included in all Rhode Island eviction notices, the Notice for Termination of Tenancy must include:

  • The exact date upon which the tenant is expected to vacate the property

Get the downloadable Notice for Termination of Tenancy template form below (.pdf direct link)