Rhode Island Landlord - Tenant Questions & Answers

Q: Does a landlord in RI have to supply hot water to their tenants

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, in reasonable amounts.

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

Q: Are tenants required to pay the rent until the end of their lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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 unit is now occupied.

Q: Curious what the regulations are for “grandfathered” rentals? H2O @160, leaking windows, no bath vents or windows

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-28.HTM

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE45/45-24.3/INDEX.HTM

etcetera

Then read some of the cases decided on the topic, and...

Q: We went to court for non payment if rent because the landlord would not fix anything, including mold

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: What are the laws in Rhode Island about heat in a rental property?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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 from the premises or willfully diminishes services to the tenant by interrupting or causing the interruption of heat, running water, hot water, electric, gas, or other essential service, the tenant may recover...

Q: Where can I find statutes or cases that support that OK has subject matter jurisdiction over my case?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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 able to address these issues more quickly that you might, even if you had the time, money, and inclination to attend a law school.

Q: My tenants changed the lock and refuse to give me a copy of the key. What should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 9, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
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 lease to see if it does not changing the locks or making changes.

Q: In the process of purchasing the multi tenant home I am currently in.I want to purchase tenant free.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: If landlord breaks a 1 yr lease due to selling property what am I entitled to?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Consult with an attorney to review your lease and advise you of your rights.

Q: Am I held liable for all the rent if my roommate moves out and breaks lease

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 17, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may be. Talk to your landlord and see if they are OK with you getting a new roommate.

Q: How much notice of a problem do you need to give your landlord before you can withhold rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Auxiliary_Housing/documents/LTHandbook.pdf

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

TITLE 34

Property

CHAPTER 34-18

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

SECTION 34-18-30

§ 34-18-30. Self-help for limited repairs.

(a) If the landlord fails to comply with subsection of § 34-18-22(a)(1), (2), (4), (5), or (6), and the reasonable cost of compliance is less than one...

Q: Tenant moved out two weeks ago left several pieces of furniture in the garage. What do I need to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If they tenancy was properly terminated, they may be considered abandoned.

Q: My friends landlord in Rhode Island is doing work on the roof (it’s 20outside today). Their apartment is now below 65

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Hopefully, the roofers are done by now and it has warmed up.

Q: I got heating and maintenance problems at the apartment with my landlord she live in the first floor on the same house

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If you are in Subsidized housing, contact Rhode Island Legal Services for assistance. http://rils.org/practice_areas.cfm?areaid=7

Q: My mother in law constantly puts her mitts on things that don't belong to her in an area deemed as a private area.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Your remedies will depend on whether she is a guest or a tenant. If she is a guest, you might ask her to leave if she continues this behavior you find unacceptable. If she is a tenant, you may have to file a formal eviction.

Q: We rent a room our landlord sold his house do we have to move in 30 days?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
You have rights as a tenant. If you are not able to come to an agreement with your new landlord, you may consult with an attorney to explore your rights and responsibilities.

Q: if there's no executor of an estate can a tenant be thrown out?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Depending on whom are the heirs and what there rights are under the will, if any, and who will be the executor, or administrator, the answer may vary. Meet with a probate attorney in your area and discuss the details in private. If you are the executor, retain an attorney to assist you in navigating the process.

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