Rhode Island Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The Rhode Island commercial and residential leasing contracts are a way for a landlord and an individual/entity to come to terms into an agreement for the use of livable or business property. The landlord is highly recommended to always screen any and all applicants with the rental agreement and verify entities with the Secretary of State's Business Search. Once approved, the landlord should write a formal agreement and request a security deposit from the tenant (may not be more than one (1) month's rent due to Statute 34-18-19).


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The Rhode Island commercial lease is a document to be used in any non-residential type of arrangement which is most commonly industrial, retail, or office type of space. The tenant is most commonly an entity or individual seeking a place of business. The landlord, depending on the amount of fit-up the property needs, will charge the tenant a rent based on a price per square foot ($/SF) over the course of a year term. So the monthly rent would be…

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The Rhode Island demand for rent notice, according to 34-18-35, allows five (5) days for the tenant to pay all rent that is due to the landlord or leave the property. The document may only be served upon the tenant when they are at least fifteen (15) days late on their payment. If paid by the tenant the lease is back into conformity and continues as if the late payment never happened.

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The Rhode Island monthly rental agreement is written between a residential landlord and tenant to create a legally binding document that does not have an end date. Also known as a “tenancy at will”, this document is a relaxed arrangement for short or long term renters that do not know exactly when they will leave the premises and at the same time must give at least thirty (30) days to the other party. Notices Raising Rent (Section 34-18-16.1) – The landlord…

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The Rhode Island rental application is a credit and background verifying tool used for landlords in order to check and see if a prospective tenant may be a good fit for their property. The landlord will usually request a non-refundable fee from the lessee which shows their good-faith interest in the property as well as pay for any costs associated with performing the lookup. The tenant will typically have to give the following details to the property owner/manager: Property Details…

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The Rhode Island residential lease agreement is a document suited for individuals looking to occupy livable space for a common period of one (1) year. The landlord and tenant will be required to negotiate the following before authorizing the document; Length of Lease Term Beginning of Lease End of Lease Landlord’s Name & Mailing Address Tenant’s Name Monthly Rental Amount Address of Property Tenant is Renting Appliances and Furniture Granted to Property Any Restrictions Regarding the Lease Once the contract is complete…

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The Rhode Island sublease agreement allows a tenant that is under a rental contract to allow someone else to occupy some or all of the space for a specified amount of time in return for rent. The original tenant, or sublessor, is fully responsible for the subtenant and must adhere to all State laws just as a landlord should with a lessee (See Chapter 34-18 Residential Landlord and Tenant Act). Therefore a rental application should be required for all potential sub-tenants….

REQUIRED LANDLORD DISCLOSURES

Identification (Statute 34-18-20) – The landlord must  identify their name and address as well as anyone authorized to manage or enter the premises.

Breach of Codes (Statute 34-18-22.1) – If the landlord is in breach of any local or State codes it must be identified to the tenant.

LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS – All laws may be viewed in Chapter 34-18 – Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

Security Deposits

Maximum – The landlord may only charge as much as one (1) month’s rent to the tenant.

Returning – The landlord has twenty (20) days after the tenant has fully vacated the property to give back the funds for the deposit.

Access to the Premises – (Statute 34-18-26)

The landlord must provide at least two (2) days’ notice before entering the tenant’s premises for any non-emergency event.