Rhode Island Rental Lease Agreement Forms and Templates | PDF | Word
Rhode Island lease agreements allow a tenant to legally occupy commercial or residential property from a landlord. A screening through a rental application is always recommended and when approved a lease is usually issued immediately. If either party has questions about their rights they should review the Landlord/Tenant Handbook.
- Rental Application – Grants permission to a property owner or manager to be able to check another person’s credit and references. If the landlord decides on approving the qualifications after a thorough review, an agreement will usually be made available immediately. The landlord has every right to charge a nonrefundable fee for providing the credit check.
- Residential Lease – This agreement legally permits a tenant to reside on property in exchange for rent to a landlord. The standard length is one (1) year but may be any set term decided by the parties. A rental application is always suggested in order to make sure that the tenant being rented to is qualified financially. Once approved both parties will sign an agreement and make the tenancy legal.
- Month to Month – Rental agreement with no end date. Landlord and tenant have thirty (30) days to cancel the agreement with written notice. The notice is also thirty (30) days if either party would like to change any part of the agreement such as raising rent.
- Sub-Lease – Agreement between a tenant, under a lease with the landlord, and someone who would like to occupy the same space and make payment. The original tenant will be fully responsible for the actions made by the subtenant whether they be financial (nonpayment) or through physical action (damage).
- Commercial – For any type of non-residential use such as space for a business entity to conduct day-to-day operations. If this is the case the property owner or manager should not only review the tenant’s credentials (principal) but also review the entity at the Secretary of State’s office.
Common Landlord-Tenant Laws
- Security Deposit
- Limit – Landlord may not require more than one (1) months’ rent
- Returning to Tenant – Must send to tenant within twenty (20) days
- Access – Landlord must provide at least two (2) days notice prior to entering the property
- Rent Grace Period – Payment is due on the date as specified. No Grace Period