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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 »

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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 »

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

I’m 5 months into my 1 yr lease. My landlord approached me on April 20th I had my sister over that day and she proceeded to tell me she sold the house and the new owners want the entire property vacant as of June 1st. She stated that I wouldn’t have to pay rent for may and she will give me back... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 28, 2018

Consult with an attorney to review your lease and advise you of your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Am I held liable for all the rent if my roommate moves out and breaks lease

My roommate is suddenly moving out and breaking "her part" of the lease. Am I held liable for all the rent now or legally is she responsible for it?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2018

You may be. Talk to your landlord and see if they are OK with you getting a new roommate.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: How much notice of a problem do you need to give your landlord before you can withhold rent?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 15, 2018

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Tenant moved out two weeks ago left several pieces of furniture in the garage. What do I need to do.

I text her today and she said she has medical issues and will get them when she recovers. I asked that she have someone come get them for her and she was upset, saying not so nice things to me and said she would see what she could do...what are my rights

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

If they tenancy was properly terminated, they may be considered abandoned.

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Q: Is the landlord responsible for snow removal from entry door and to the street? Our door is located in the back.

there is a long driveway out to the street they say we need to clear. We are Flight Attendants with luggage. We come home after being gone for days and there can be ice and snow all the way back. We get in late at night and shouldn't have to shovel snow to get to our entry-exit door.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

What does the lease say? That will control.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My friends landlord in Rhode Island is doing work on the roof (it’s 20outside today). Their apartment is now below 65

The hole is only covered by a tarp causing them to run their heat all day with the temp in their dwelling so cold the thermostat doesn’t even register it. What can they do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

Hopefully, the roofers are done by now and it has warmed up.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: I got heating and maintenance problems at the apartment with my landlord she live in the first floor on the same house

Only one heater works for all the apartment and sometimes gets damages, she takes her sweet time to call someone after I insist for her help, she yells at me and tells me she gave me one little heater to warm up my daughter's room to use that instead.. moving is too expensive, someting I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

If you are in Subsidized housing, contact Rhode Island Legal Services for assistance. http://rils.org/practice_areas.cfm?areaid=7

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
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.

My mother lives in an area that is shared with my mother in law's things, but was given a clear division line for "her room". These spaces share a common door, however, every time we leave the house, my mother in law enters my mom's space, moves things around that do not belong... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 27, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: We rent a room our landlord sold his house do we have to move in 30 days?

Ee pay weekly

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 20, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: if there's no executor of an estate can a tenant be thrown out?

My mother and father in law had both passed away and no one has filed for executor of their estate. My sister in law is currently living in one of the apartments but her sister states that she is going to have her evicted. Can this be done?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 20, 2017

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... Read more »

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Q: My 1 yr old has a led level of 12 our landlord never told us of led in the house do i have a lawsuit
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 6, 2017

It may take an investigation to determine the cause of this condition. Follow your doctor's recommendations to treat the condition and consult with an attorney in private to evaluate the situation further.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: I have moved from one my apartment bldg into a smaller one that's was cheaper, same landlord. Since we asked for the 200

Dollar difference in security he started acting weird he has not given us a lease for the new place were in and has not come to collect rent or returned any of our calls at this point I don't trust thus situation and di.t want to live here. What ate my options

Kas DeCarvalho
Kas DeCarvalho answered on Aug 3, 2017

Well...if you don't have a written agreement, then what you technically have is a month-to-month lease...and what the rent is supposed to be is admittedly a bit of a mystery, but at worst, it's the rent from your old/other apartment. Typically that would be decided by the history of what... Read more »

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Q: My lease ended in Rhode Island however the landlord is selling the house and now I'm month to month until they decide.

Can I use the last month's rent from the lease to pay for the first month's rent of the month to month?

Kas DeCarvalho
Kas DeCarvalho answered on Aug 3, 2017

The shortest, best answer is..."it depends on the terms of the Lease Agreement." But based on your question, I suggest that the answer is, "probably not." Let me clarify a few points, though: First, as you know, many State statutes permit landlords to charge both a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My landlord is claiming he didn't know I lived there, but returned contact. Does this establash the law of acknowledge?

My roommate didn't pay the rent for two months, so I had to reach out to the landlord to get the truth as my roommate covered up lies with lies. I'm basically collateral damage in this. I'm disabled because of siezures and can't move by Monday like he's asking. And my... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 25, 2017

Take a good look at the lease. Does it permit subletting? Do you have one? You may have to take your roommate to small claims court if they defrauded you by renting you an apartment they did not have any right to rent to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Can my landlord evict me if i havent broken the lease?

I received an eviction notice, not from a court but from a property managing company. The notice does not state the reason for eviction and when i asked the landlord her answer was that shes evicting me because i dont clean, which isnt true.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 25, 2017

There is a procedure for eviction for reason other than non-payment of rent. Retain an attorney to defend you if you wish to stay there.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: In Rhode Island my landlord threatens to fine me for things like leaving the gate open or having a grille.

Nowhere on the lease does it state this

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2017

Leaving gates open may be a problem of varying severity depending on whether there are pets or livestock in your area. Try to work it out between you, If it becomes UN-tenable, look for another location in which to dwell.

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