Cranston, RI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island

Q: 20 day eviction motion to assign 3/30/17. Trial set 4/11/17 Will tenant have to vacate on 4/19?

2 separate families/3 units, holdovers from a foreclosure. Fmr owner moved out of 3rd unit and washed his hands of the prop 2 years ago but told tenants; as long as they paid the water bill they could stay. Tenants replaced the hot water heater last year and have done minor maintaince and snow removal, etc.

FF 2 yrs no rent paid by tenants.

Prop sold, new owner comes in Jan I think, & advises tenants new rent to stay is $1000. $200 increase, holdover tenants are month to month $800 original lease agreement amt for at least 1 unit.

He's getting $1125 for renovated 3rd fl sec 8. Holdover Tenants refuse to pay anything no offer to pay any amount of rent +2 or 3 months. They are now in court.

20 day eviction, motion to assign held today. 4/11 trial date set.

Will she be forced to move 4/19? She will appeal but remember has paid no rent. How long will appeal buy her and will she even be successful? I am aware of pro se risks. I am not a tenant.

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: With something this important, it will be worth investing in the services of a good attorney to assist in making sure your case goes smoothly. You have made a substantial investment in this property and should seriously hiring an attorney who can help ensure you will be able to possess and enjoy it. The savings of going pro se may soon become illusory, should you find yourself ensnared in any the many procedural traps for the unwary.

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