Cranston, RI asked in Real Estate Law and 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 occupying 2 units (3 family home) holdovers from a foreclosure. Former owner moved out of 3rd unit and washed his hands of the property 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.

Fast forward 2 years no rent paid by tenants.

Property 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 amount for at least one unit.

He's getting $1125 for his renovated 3rd floor section 8 unit. 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 absolutely appeal but remember has paid no rent. How long will appeal buy her and will she even be successful?

1 Lawyer Answer

Neville Bedford

Answered
  • East Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: If that is what the judge orders, that will be the order of the court. Of course, your attorney will have more specific instructions for you to ensure you don't get caught in some procedural trap for the unwary and untrained.

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