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A Rhode Island standard residential lease agreement allows a landlord to legally collect payment for renting their property to someone else (a “tenant”). It is a binding contract that sets up an ongoing arrangement where the tenant will pay rent to the lessor in exchange for the everyday use of the livable property. The form’s fields must be completed by both parties and, once signed, becomes enforceable. Once the tenant provides the Security Deposit (if required) and the first month of rent, he or she be given access to the property.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement

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Association of Realtors Lease Agreement

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Security Deposit Laws

Maximum Amount ($) – One (1) month’s rent (§ 34-18-19(a)).

Returning – Twenty (20) days (§ 34-18-19(b)). If payment is not delivered on time, the tenant may be entitled to twice the amount due (§ 34-18-19(c)).

Required Disclosures

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Required disclosure for all buildings constructed before January 1, 1978.

Manager/Landlord Disclosure – Before, or on the date of, the start of a tenancy, the tenant must be given the name and address of the landlord, owner, or another authorized individual (§ 34-18-20).

Violation Notification – Tenants must be informed of all state and local housing code violations (§ 34-18-22.1).

Rent Grace Period

Tenants have fifteen (15) days to pay the full rent payment before the landlord is able to deliver a notice for non-payment of rent. If the tenant fails to provide payment within five (5) days from the date the notice was mailed, the landlord may initiate the eviction process (§ 34-18-35(a)).

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