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Create & download the Rhode Island Residential Lease & Rental Agreement printable PDF for Landlords. This state-specific Lease is customizable & includes Rhode Island law.

Document Last Modified: 11/8/2023

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Rhode Island Residential Lease Agreement

Rhode Island Landlords need a Lease Agreement that complies with all state Lease laws and covers all rules of the rental property. Here’s how we make it EZ for Landlords to do both:

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to customize their Lease Package entirely online.
  2. As you build your Lease, you’ll get State Assist tips to point out important state laws.
  3. All state-required terms, language, and disclosures are automatically included in the Lease Agreement.
  4. You can customize your Lease Package by adding additional documents, disclosures, or addendums with just the click of a button.
  5. Once it’s created, you can review and sign your Lease entirely online using our ezSign tool.
  6. Your executed Lease Agreement is automatically stored securely with our ezCloudStorage.

Pro Tip: Your Lease Agreement needs to comply with all Rhode Island Lease laws. When you build a Rhode Island Lease, we’ll give you State Assist Tips. In addition, all state-required terms, language, and disclosures are automatically included in our Lease Agreement.

Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our Rhode Island Lease Agreement includes all state-required terms, language, and disclosures. Even so, it’s important to be familiar with state laws when managing your Rhode Island rental.

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing To either renew or terminate, Notice must be delivered:
  • For a Month-to-Month Lease: at least 30 days prior to the end of the Lease term.
  • For a Fixed-Term or Year-to-Year Lease: 90 days prior to the date when the Lease is set to terminate.
Security Deposit The security deposit may not exceed 1 month's rent.
Returned Payment Fee A fee not to exceed the amount of $25.00 can be charged to the Tenant for a returned check.
Late Fee Rhode Island does not specifically state whether a late fee is permitted. However, when a Tenant fails to pay rent and court action is necessary, this action may only be for unpaid rent, NOT any other charges.
Insurance Requirements Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance and can make the failure to do so a breach of the Lease
Notice to Enter Landlords must provide at least 2 days’ notice before entering the Leased premises.
Landlord Requirements The Landlord must disclose the name, address, and phone number of the person responsible for managing the property before the commencement of the Tenancy. Out of state Landlords must register with the township or city as well as with the Secretary of State.

Non-Refundable Fees There are no stated regulations limiting the collection of non-refundable fees.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Required Disclosures

All Rhode Island required language, terms, and disclosures are AUTOMATICALLY included in our Rhode Island Lease Agreement.

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: If the rental unit was built before 1978, federal law requires that the Landlord provide occupants with a lead-based paint disclosure and pamphlet.

Rhode Island does not require any additional disclosures. However, Landlords can select from over 25 additional documents, disclosures, and addendums to meet their needs. For example, a Pet Addendum, Winter Weather Addendum, or Pool/Hot Tub Addendum.

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Do Rhode Island Lease Agreements need to be notarized?

No, Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized in Rhode Island. As long as the Rental Contract is signed by both parties, it’s considered legally binding and fully enforceable.

Who needs a Lease Agreement in Rhode Island?

Anyone who rents real estate needs a Lease Agreement in Rhode Island. This is true whether it’s an apartment, single-family home, condo, duplex, or triplex. The Lease Contract protects the Landlord if problems arise with the Tenant or the property. As a result, it’s important to have a strong Lease agreement in place before handing over possession of your property.

It’s best to avoid generic, fillable Lease forms, as these are not customized to your property. Instead of starting with a blank form, you want to create a document that covers all terms of your rental relationship.

Does my Lease need to be state-specific?

Yes! Your Lease Agreement needs to comply with all Rhode Island Lease Laws. This means you don’t want to use a standard Lease template or a simple Lease form. Instead, Landlords need a state-specific Lease document that includes all Rhode Island-required terms, language, and disclosures.The Rhode Island Association of Realtors offers a basic state-specific Lease form. While this is better than just a simple Lease template, it still leaves Landlords exposed.

The Lease Agreement needs to be state specific AND customized to cover all terms of the rental unit. That’s why we make it EZ for Landlords to customize their Lease Package AND we guarantee that your Lease complies with all state Lease laws.

What is the standard Lease term in Rhode Island?

The standard Lease term in Rhode Island is one year (12 months). However, longer or shorter Lease periods are recognized as long as they’re clearly stated in the Lease Agreement.

To help make things EZ for Landlords, we offer Short-Term Lease Agreements, Month-to-Month Lease Contracts, Vacation Rental Contracts, and Long-Term Residential Lease Agreements.

Can a Landlord terminate a Lease Rhode Island?

Pursuant to Rhode Island Law, a Landlord, or lessor, may terminate a month-to-month Lease Agreement with 30 days’ notice. For fixed-term Lease Agreements, the Lease terminates at the end of the term unless otherwise stated in the Lease Agreement.

If a Landlord wants to terminate a Lease Agreement before the end of the term because the Tenant has breached the Lease Agreement or has unpaid rent, the Landlord must issue the proper notice in order to terminate the Lease Agreement.

How do I store my Lease Agreement?

It’s important that executed Lease Agreements are both accessible and stored securely. To meet both of these objectives, our Lease Agreements are automatically stored securely on the cloud with our ezCloudStorage.

In addition, they’re easy to print or download as a PDF. Whatever option you choose, make sure that your Lease is both secure and accessible.

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