View a sample Rhode Island rental application form below and read further to learn more about what information should be included on rental applications in Rhode Island, what information a landlord CAN’T ask for, and what Rhode Island-specific regulations apply to the application process.
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Applicable Law in Rhode Island
When a landlord has a vacant unit that they need to fill, there are specific application laws that they must follow to make sure that everyone who applies for housing in the unit gets an equal chance of being accepted as the tenant. Any application fee that is collected is non-refundable in this state, which means that applicants must submit the application fee separately from any other payments. There are also no laws that limit the amount of the application fee, so the cost of applying will depend on the landlord and their specific requirements. Any background check that is performed will require the applicant’s written consent on the application.
Fair Housing Laws in Rhode Island
It is illegal to discriminate or refuse to house to individuals because of their color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or a disability. A landlord also cannot refuse to provide an accessible parking spot or make modifications to the unit that will make it more convenient for the individual to live on the property. If the landlord refuses an individual based on one of these catagories, they can face legal consequences. In the state of Rhode Island, it is also illegal to discriminate based on gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. Victims of domestic violence cannot be discriminated against when it comes to housing either, so if they qualify for the housing based on their income level, their credit history, and a background check, they should be accepted for the housing unit.