Rhode Island Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 2, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Rhode Island eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Rhode Island landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Rhode Island Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
5 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
20 Day Notice To Vacate Repeat Lease Violation No
30 Day Notice To Vacate End of / No Lease No

Rhode Island 5 Day Notice To Quit

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A Rhode Island 5 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant when the balance due is more than fifteen (15) calendar days late. The tenant must pay the past due balance, or move out within five (5) calendar days.

Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, or refusal to allow lawful entry by the landlord.

With this form of notice, the tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within twenty (20) calendar days.

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If the tenant repeats the same lease violation, the landlord can give additional opportunities to cure the situation, but can also use a 20 Day Notice To Vacate, which evicts the tenant without the opportunity for corrective action.

Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Rhode Island 20 Day Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for a repeat lease violation. A landlord may use this notice when, within a six- (6) month period, a tenant violates the lease in the same or similar way as something that constituted a previous notice of noncompliance.

Since this form of notice is for repeat violations, the tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within twenty (20) calendar days.

Rhode Island 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Rhode Island 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a month-to-month lease or any periodic tenancy of more than one (1) month, but less than one (1) year, as well as an expired lease or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Rhode Island       

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note 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 Calculate Expiration Date in Rhode Island

The “clock” for an eviction notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

Rhode Island has one exception to the rules above: a notice to quit for unpaid rent is effective as soon as it’s delivered, with no next-day waiting period.

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Rhode Island  

Rhode Island landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Delivery by first class mail, with postage prepaid

Except with a 5 Day Notice To Quit for unpaid rent only, mailed notice extends the notice period by one (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

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