Rhode Island Tenant Rights Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed October 05, 2017
As a renter, you know that the comforts and security of home can be significantly disrupted by a conflict with your landlord. The law recognizes various tenants' rights, and it's a good idea to be familiar with your state's laws on the topic. Read on to learn more about your rights as a Rhode Island tenant.
Rhode Island Tenants Rights Overview
Rhode Island law governs the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. For example, the law contains provisions limiting how much a landlord can require as a security deposit and limits how much time a landlord has to return the security deposit at the end of the tenancy. Rhode Island law also recognizes a tenant's right to "repair and deduct." This means that if your landlord refuses to make essential repairs after being notified of a problem, you can pay for the repair out of pocket and reduce your rent payment accordingly.
Rhode Island also has particularly inclusive laws protecting tenants from landlord discrimination. The federal Fair Housing Act, which applies to all states, makes it illegal for a landlord to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. However, Rhode Island's fair housing law is even more comprehensive and makes it illegal for a tenant to be discriminated against on the basis of marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence.
The below chart provides more detail about Rhode Island tenants' rights laws.
|Rhode Island Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Related: Rhode Island Tenants' Rights Resources
- Rhode Island Leases and Rental Agreements Laws
- Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections: Rhode Island
- Tips for Protecting Your Tenant Rights
- Landlord Tenant Disputes FAQs
- Tenant Eviction: What You Should Know as a Renter
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