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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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Q: In RI. What do I have to do in order to terminate my tenants mo. to mo. lease, and how much of a notice is required?

I would like to do renovations and don't want her as a tenant .

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 11, 2017

If they will not willingly vacate, it may be time to file "EVICTION FOR REASON OTHER THAN NONPAYMENT OF RENT" Any one of our friendly attorneys would be well able to assist you in navigating that process.

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Q: My landlord had a past due water bill he said i had to pay my own water bill but it was in his name and they shut it

now i have no running water because they didnt pay there payment plan on there past due balance what can i do if anything

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 8, 2017

If you can afford to pay it, pay it and deduct the cost from your rent. Check with your landlord first to be sure he is agreeable to this arrangement. If he is not, hire an attorney to assist you in advocating for your rights.

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Q: Ive been trying to get my.landlord to fix a broken widow it does not lock and is the window in my daughters room

Ive been on them for several months threw letters and phone conversations what are my options by the way they gave me a board to put in the track to stop the window from opening

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 8, 2017

If you like, you may explore a "repair and deduct" option. This is especially well done when the landlord consents to your offer to repair the problem and deduct it from your rent.

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Q: we pay for electric,water & sewer but he uses our electric and water for his garage & his company comes to stay there?

Landlord has us paying All utilities even when he uses it for his garage and even has friends staying there hooked up to our electric & water in a large camper for a few months. Verbally he said he would pay difference but now he recants that. Told him his fence was falling for months &... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 8, 2017

It sounds like you may need to hire an attorney to assist you with these disputes.

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Q: How do you get a tenant removed that refuses to vacate the premises?

Tenant was notified in writing more than 60 days in advance that their lease will not be renewed. Tenant has not vacated and refuses to leave.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 5, 2017

You will need to "take them to court" This is most effectively done with an experienced attorney. Once the eviction is complete, they will help you gain the appropriate papers to effect and execution, from thence, the premises should be yours.

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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... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 3, 2017

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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Q: Two years ago my landlord wrongfully withheld my security deposit, ignorant to what i know now can i tak him to court?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 3, 2017

Of course you can. Whether or not you will prevail is a whole different question that will depend on the facts and circumstances that caused you to realize this 2 years later.

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Q: I have a couple that their lease will expire in 45 days, just now the husband asked my permission to change the locks

because he caught his wife cheating and does not want her in the apartment anymore, is this correct or should I wait til the lease expired to extend him a month to month under his name only ? any legal problems for the landlord?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 3, 2017

If she is on the lease, you may have to evict her as there are penalties for self help from a landlord such as changing the locks.

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Q: My child was involved in a domestic violence situation my spouse is in jail my landlord kicked me out the next day

Is this legal

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 3, 2017

That's difficult to answer with the very limited facts here. If your landlord filed an eviction case in the court and followed the law, it may be legal. If they did not, it may not be.

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Q: Can my landlord evict me for accidentally stopping up toilet due to "negligence"? Said I'd have to pay plumber.

I accidentally dropped the toilet paper holder in the toilet while it was flushing, & it went down. Now it's not flushing properly. My landlord said it was "negligent" of me, and that I would have to pay the plumber. I'm on Section 8, but this is his private apartment... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 3, 2017

You seem to admit that you clogged the toilet with the toilet paper roller. Read the lease carefully. You may end up being responsible for the removal of the foreign object from the toilet costs. Also, don't bring your phone in the bathroom.

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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... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 30, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Tenants randomly sent service dog certificate & going to get a dog No pet lease. 4mo here w/o it? Not disabled they work

Tenanancy has been terminated for 4/2017. Sent in Feb. also didn't pay rent. Many police reports for domestic disturbances. My other tenants are very angry! Now says needs her dog that she's had. My paying tenants will leave of her boxer shows up tomorrow. I've started eviction. What... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 21, 2017

In the 9 days remaining in the month, you might contact the animal control officer while you are awaiting their departure. see https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs-emotional-support-animals

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Q: How do I negotiate??
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 21, 2017

Hire an attorney to present your legal defenses in rebuttal to their complaint.

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Q: What is the time frame for eviction I owe 300.00 for February and all of March including late fees. I lost my job in Jan

I received the 5 day demand notice yesterday. It states that I will also incur the 220.00 lawyer fees if they move forward with the eviction process. Thank you...

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 21, 2017

Yes, now is a good time to negotiate with your landlord. It is highly unlikely that they will allow you to continue to stay without paying . . . despite having lost your job and presumably your income

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Q: Landlord won't accept late rent without an additional $460. Claims court costs. what should i do?

no 5 day demand was received, nor have i ever received one from this landlord or other. I called the county clerk was told nothing had been filed. this is month to month with no lease, or signed documentation of any kind

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 6, 2017

Hire an attorney.

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Q: Can a room with no closet be rented as a bedroom in Rhode Island?

The room does have a window, and is just big enough for a twin bed and dresser.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 6, 2017

Are you the renter or rentee?

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Q: If a tenant breaches a lease, may the landlord keep the security deposit?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 5, 2017

The answer will depend on the type of tenancy (Commercial v Residential). In the former case, the lease will control. Int he latter case, there are specific rules in the landlord tenant statute that must be complied with.

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Q: I fill an eviction for nonpayment in RI. can the tenant pay the late rent during the hearing and avoid eviction? thanks

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Oct 6, 2016

Usually, to make an appeal to a higher court, a tenant will have to cure all arrears and deposit those sums into the court's registry. Speak with your attorney to make sure the pleadings are all in order and include that the supporting evidence is well prepared to make sure the case is most... Read more »

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