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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I put my boyfriend on the lease for low income housing if we have a NCO? Will the landlord for low income find out?

So the police put a NCO on him because he hit me and now he has a felony. Now we are getting along and he is helping out with my kids. I got accepted into housing and want to add him on my lease so I don’t get in trouble when he’s there all the time. The landlord for low income housing needs... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2020

You may want to go to the court to explain to the judge that you wish to have the NCO dropped to enable you to enjoy cohabitation and co-parent. If you just really need help with the kids and you are, in fact still in fear of imminent harm that supports a NCO, then you should probably seek the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What is the process when a tenant dies? He paid his rent for all of December.

On December 17th, we met with the owner who gave her 30 days. And just a few days ago, she is asking for rent when the 30 days are not up. What can a landlord do at that point? Can they legally change the locks? What options do we legally have? Thank you for your time in advance.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 10, 2020

Meet with your attorney to enable them to negotiate with the administrator, executor, executrix, or landlord. It is difficult to discern which party you are.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What are my legal rights when I'm only tenant on my lease. My gf will not leave willingly

She has repeatedly threatened me to call police for no reason and have me removed out of my own place. I pay 1500 a month and she pays nothing. I'm trying to end this controlling relationship.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 24, 2019

If the threats are of imminent physical or bodily harm, seek a protective order. If your local law enforcement will not assist you in removing this now unwelcome guest, you may have to file a formal eviction. This is where the help of a private attorney will be most useful.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Should I carry forward the balance until they catch up or apply each week they pay to the previous week?

I have 2 tenants on a week to week lease. They're 1 wk behind. They are asking that the late week that was paid 6 days late be carry forward as if they slipped a week until they can pay that skipped week in 2 weeks instead of adding the rent payment they give me each week to the previous week.... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 24, 2019

The offer-er is the master of their offer and you are free to come to whatever arrangements you like. I might suggest you set a deadline for the late fee waiver to give them some incentive to catch up.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: A group of European students who attend my academy live in an apartment that I found for them. No lease has been signed.

I helped find a short-term place for them to live (I do not reside there). To make things easier, I have been collecting their rent and providing the landlord with a check each month. No lease has been provided to the students. A few students returned to Europe before our school term ended. Who is... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

If the landlord takes you to court, the best thing for your to bring, in addition to all of your documents(i.e. a contract with the landlord and the academy) supporting your "arrangement" would be ... a licensed attorney to present your best defense. They will likely begin with a short... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My boyfriend moved in with me in June, we have since broken up. I own my house how can I get him to leave? (I've asked)

My boyfriend moved in with me in June, we have since broken up. I own my house how can I get him to leave? (I've asked) It is my house and he is just staying there, he does have mail come there and switched his license without asking me.

Andrew Bilodeau
Andrew Bilodeau answered on Nov 20, 2019

Hello,

You will need to evict him in accordance with the RI Lanlord/Tenant act.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What is reasonable time, when dealing with a landlord and tenant issue
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

Reasonable times may vary. If the pipes have burst, a reasonable time (to have the water turned off) will be far shorter than say, if the hot water was not working. It is difficult to say precisely based on the very limited information given.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My bf isn’t on my lease but just wants me to write in his name? Will they contact the landlord?

My bf is being charged with B&E after a dumb argument we had in my apartment. He isn’t technically on my lease, but he does pretty much live with me. He is asking me to write in his name on the lease I do have, without telling the landlord. Is this illegal? If I do do this( will they contact... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 4, 2019

You wrote further detail on AVVO. You could subject yourself to possible prosecution.

The phone calls from the jail may be recorded

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: what can i due if a tenant use there surcerity deposit as there last month rent and there was damage to the place
Andrew Bilodeau
Andrew Bilodeau answered on May 6, 2019

Hello,

You will need to provide notice to the tenant regarding the damage to the apartment/house with an itemization of the cost to repair and you can pursue those damages in a court action if they are in an amount to be worthwhile. I would also evaluate whether or not the former tenant has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: can a landlord tow my vehicle without notice?

we were in a rollover accident on 2/19 (it is now 2/22). we are still awaiting the police report, and our vehicle was towed to our parking area (private off street parking with assigned spaces, of which we are only taking up our own space). the vehicle has considerable damage to it, but is not... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

If it is not roadworthy, one could argue that it is "debris" or refuse." Probably best for you to get it to an auto body shop where they will be able to allow the insurance company to make their assessment and perform the necessary repairs, should that be the option you choose.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Does a landlord in RI have to supply hot water to their tenants
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Yes, in reasonable amounts.

See: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-22.HTM

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Are tenants required to pay the rent until the end of their lease?

My tenants moved out 4 months before the end of their lease. I am wondering if they are obligated to pay until the end of the lease

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Review the lease agreement, you prepared with the help of your attorney, to discern if it is worth investing in the necessary litigation to force them to fulfill their contractual obligations. If you have found a successor tenant, be sure to use a written lease, and let your attorney know that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Curious what the regulations are for “grandfathered” rentals? H2O @160, leaking windows, no bath vents or windows

Landlord claims the house is grandfathered so it’s legal to have water boiling hot (160), windows that are nailed shut, other windows aren’t sealed and leak when it rains, not windows any of the bathrooms, people smoking inside,

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Curiosity is a great pastime. Start with the Statutes defining the implied warranty of habitability here in Rhode Island at http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/INDEX.HTM http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-22.HTM... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My tenant told me they need light bulbs changed in their apartment. Is that tenant’s or landlord’s responsibility?

Not mentioned in the lease

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

Tenant, unless the lease specifies otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: I live in RI and my heat is not working and leaking carbon monoxide and my landlord will not fix it, its been months

we have contacted a building inspector, the mayors office, the gas companys. the building inspector told the landlord to fix it in 24 hours and when the landlord did not we contacted him again and we were told he can not help us because we contacted the gas company about the situation. What can we... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

Contact http://www.fairhousingri.org/en/complaint.htm

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: We went to court for non payment if rent because the landlord would not fix anything, including mold

We did not get our cross complaint heard in court now we have until March to find a place to live and still pay rent and nothing is fixed.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

Check with your attorney to ensure your (defense/answer) case was properly filed with the court. If you do not have an attorney, that could be part of the problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What are the laws in Rhode Island about heat in a rental property?

I informed my landlord 4 days ago that my heat was not working. Someone came out the next day (not a professional company just like a "handyman") and said he would be back the next day. I waited at home all day and he never came back. I informed my landlord again and she sent someone... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

TITLE 34

Property

CHAPTER 34-18

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

SECTION 34-18-34

§ 34-18-34. Tenant's remedies for landlord's unlawful ouster, exclusion, or diminution of service.

If a landlord unlawfully removes or excludes the tenant...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Where can I find statutes or cases that support that OK has subject matter jurisdiction over my case?

I am on active military orders in RI, owned a home in NC that was rented by tenants, who abandoned the property, breached contract and now live in OK. NC statute chptr 7A, Art 19, section 213 states I cannot file in the state because none of the defendants live there any longer. I filed in OK in... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 24, 2018

Your best avenue would be to engage an attorney practicing where the case is properly filed. There are myriad resources online for legal information, statutes, and case law along with many law schools that could provide you with the information you seek. However, a practicing attorney should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My tenants changed the lock and refuse to give me a copy of the key. What should I do?

They changed the lock few months ago, and never provided me the copy of the key, I am selling the property and ask her for a copy, she refused for me to show the apartment nor give me a copy of the key.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 9, 2018

If the lease agreement specifically does not allow changing the locks or making changes to the property, you are entitled to change the locks back and charge the tenant for the expenses incurred during the process. The cost is typically deducted from the deposit at the end of the tenancy. Read the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In the process of purchasing the multi tenant home I am currently in.I want to purchase tenant free.

I have been renting in the home that I am currently in contract with to purchase, there are tenants there currently. Their initial lease expired and is basically a month to month tenant. How can I begin the process of providing them notice, that upon closing (Scheduled for End of July 2018,) they... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

Negotiate that term with the seller. You will not be the owner until after the consummation of the sale. If the seller refuses to deliver unoccupied, you may well have to engage an attorney to assist you with the eviction.

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