Rhode Island Rental Laws

Rhode Island Rental Laws

Your Rhode Island Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Rhode Island

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Rhode Island was 1,055,173 on July 1, 2014, a 0.25% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Rhode Island has 5 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 1 Month
  • Return Deadline:  20 Days

Fees and Notices

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  20 days for material noncompliance.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

Last Updated: April 16, 2020