Rhode Island Rental Lease Agreements

The Rhode Island rental agreements are legal contracts between a landlord and a tenant. The tenant makes regular payments (“rent”) in exchange for the use of the property. The rental agreements establish other terms associated with the use of the property, though no terms can supersede state laws.

Rhode Island Rental Agreement Types

11 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The Rhode Island residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a document that outlines the terms and conditions of the residential use of real estate in exchange for rent payments.

9 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The Rhode Island month-to-month rental agreement is a written document that allows a tenant to rent a property for a month at a time from a landlord, in exchange for a fee.

3 pages
Rental Application Form

The Rhode Island rental application form is a document that landlords and listing agents send out to a prospective tenant to determine whether they are a viable tenant.

8 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The Rhode Island sublease agreement is a contract between an existing tenant (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“subtenant”).

3 pages
Roommate Agreement

The Rhode Island roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between two or more tenants sharing a rental property (“co-tenant”).

12 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The Rhode Island commercial lease agreement is a contract that allows a business or commercial entity to rent office, retail, or industrial space.

Rhode Island Required Lease Disclosures

  • Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – The name and address of the landlord or authorized agent must be provided in a Rhode Island lease agreement so landlords and tenants can communicate on legal notices or matters of tenancy.
  • Housing Code Violation Notice (required for some) – If a Rhode Island rental property has outstanding housing code violations in the building, they must be disclosed in the lease.
  • Lead Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – Any pre-1978 Rhode Island property with a unit for rent must include a lead based paint disclosure and EPA-approved pamphlet with notice of any existing hazards in the lease.

To learn more about required disclosures in Rhode Island, click here.

Rhode Island Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – In Rhode Island, all landlords must maintain the habitability of their units by providing plumbing, heating, electrical outlets, and more that meet state code. At the same time, these landlords must provide repairs in a “reasonable” amount of time after receiving a request. If their response is not prompt, a tenant may be legally allowed to withhold rent or perform a repair and deduct.
  • Evictions – A Rhode Island landlord may evict a tenant for non-payment of rent (5-day notice), violating a lease term (20-day notice) or committing a crime (immediate). As such, Rhode Island evictions can conclude in less than a week or in over a month.
  • Security Deposits – Rhode Island prohibits landlords from charging security deposits valued at more than 1 months’ rent. It also requires landlords to return all remaining deposits to their rightful owner 20 days after a lease concludes.
  • Lease Termination – A Rhode Island tenant must provide 30 days of notice before their landlord may consider terminating their month-to-month lease. Also, a Rhode Island landlord may only consider early termination of a fixed term lease if one of the following conditions exist: active military duty, landlord harassment, unit uninhabitability, advanced age, or severe illness.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – Rhode Island landlords can raise rent as much as they want. They can only raise it after providing 30 days’ notice (60 days for tenants over 62 years old) to all effected tenants, as well. Rhode Island landlords can also charge most fees at any rate they wish, save for bounced check fees (capped at $25 plus 3 times the value of the check).
  • Landlord Entry – After providing 2 days of advanced notice, a Rhode Island landlord may enter an occupied unit at a “reasonable” time. However, cases of emergency entry are exempt from these requirements.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Rhode Island is limited when it comes to accepting landlord-tenant disputes in small claims court. In fact, these courts do not accept eviction cases and only accepts cases valued at less than $2,500.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Rhode Island, click here.