Rhode Island Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF

The Rhode Island rental lease agreements are legal contracts designed to allow a landlord and an individual/entity (tenant) to come to terms with each other regarding the use of commercial or residential property. It is highly recommended that the landlord screen prospective tenants and verify business entities with the Secretary of State’s Business Search before signing a rental agreement. Once the tenant has been approved, the landlord can download the appropriate rental agreement and request a security deposit from the tenant. A signed lease is binding upon both parties and will remain in effect until the termination date or upon termination by either party in accordance with the document’s terms.


Rhode Island Lease Agreements

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The Rhode Island standard residential lease agreement is a document designed for landlords looking to rent livable space to a tenant for a period of one (1) year or more. Terms of the rental arrangement should be discussed between the two parties before any agreement is signed. This will include particulars such as length of lease, termination date and conditions, rent payment amount and time, and rights and responsibilities of both parties. Once the terms are agreed upon, the parties will inscribe…


The Rhode Island five (5) day notice to quit is a notice sent to a tenant who is late in their rent payment. After rent has been overdue for fifteen (15) days, the landlord has the right to demand that the tenant cure the breach of contract within five (5) days. Failure to cure the breach will result in automatic termination of the rental agreement currently in place between the two parties. Furthermore, the landlord has license to commence an eviction…

The Rhode Island rental application is a tool used by a landlord to verify the credit and background of a prospective tenant. Completing this process will help the landlord see if the applicant would be a good fit for the rental property in question. The landlord will usually request a non-refundable fee from the lessee which shows their good-faith interest in the property as well as demand they pay for any costs associated with performing the inquiry. The applicant will…

The Rhode Island month-to-month lease agreement is a contract between a residential landlord and a tenant with the purpose of creating a legally binding, temporary rental arrangement. Also known as a “tenancy at will,” this type of lease agreement is a relaxed arrangement for short or long-term renters that do not know exactly how long they will be renting from the landlord. Most of the terms and conditions will be the same or similar to a standard (one (1) year…

The Rhode Island commercial lease agreement is a document to be used in any non-residential type of rental arrangement, which typically involves the rental of an industrial, retail, or office space. The individual/entity (tenant) seeking a place of business will negotiate the terms of the arrangement before entering into any binding agreement. The landlord will also want to do a thorough check on the entity, such as generated income, purpose of business, etc., as well as an inquiry with the…

The Rhode Island sublease agreement allows a tenant that is under a rental contract to lease their rented space, or a portion thereof, to another individual (sublessee). The original tenant, or sublessor, is fully responsible for the sublessee and must adhere to all State laws just as a landlord would with a lessee. Therefore, a rental application should be required for all potential sub-tenants. Furthermore, the original tenant must always obtain permission from the landlord. The sublessor will be held…


Identification (§ 34-18-20) – The landlord must provide a list of names and addresses of all individuals (including themselves) authorized to manage and/or enter the rented property.

Breach of Codes (§ 34-18-22.1) – If the landlord is in breach of any local or State codes, it must be disclosed to the tenant prior to entering into a rental agreement.

Lead-Based Paint – A federal law exists that requires landlords renting a property constructed prior to 1978 to disclose the fact that the dwelling may contain lead-based paint.


Maximum (§ 34-18-19(a)) – The landlord may only charge a maximum of one (1) month's rent to the tenant.

Returning (§ 34-18-19(b)) – The landlord has twenty (20) days to return the security deposit to the tenant upon termination of tenancy, delivery of possession, or tenant providing a forwarding address.


The landlord must provide at least two (2) days' notice before entering the tenant's premises for any non-emergency event (§ 34-18-26(c)).


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