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What Is a Rhode Island Month-to-Month Lease Agreement?

A Rhode Island month-to-month lease agreement is a short-term rental agreement between a landlord and tenant. It renews at the beginning of each month. Although a month-to-month lease does not create a long-term obligation between the parties, it can create an indefinite agreement between the parties if it creates a mutually beneficial situation.

A month-to-month rental agreement must be written in compliance with Rhode Island landlord-tenant laws. Additional, it should also include the same lease terms as an annual lease, including:

  • The amount of the monthly rent and the due date
  • The amount of the late fee if the rent amount is not paid on time
  • Rent increases for the rental payment for the real estate
  • The amount of the security deposit
  • The occupancy information
  • The parking policy
  • The pet policy
  • Whether subletting is allowed
  • The notice period required for lease termination if the tenant needs to move out
  • How to deliver written notices
  • Information about eviction

What Laws Apply to Rhode Island Month-to-Month Lease Agreements?

Rhode Island month-to-month lease agreements are governed by the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, Chapter 34-18. §34-18-19 explains security deposits for month to month rental agreements. A security deposit may not exceed more than one months’ rent. When the tenancy ends, the landlord must return the security deposit to the renter within 20 days as long as they have the forwarding address. The landlord may withhold money for nonpayment of rent, reasonable cleaning expenses, reasonable disposal of trash, and repair for damage to the rental property that is beyond wear and tear. If the landlord withholds some of the security deposit, they must provide the renter with an itemized statement that explains the money they withheld.

Terminating a Rhode Island Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

§ 34-18-37 explains the requirement of the notice period for a month-to-month rental agreement in Rhode Island. A written notice for lease termination must include a 30-day notice regardless of whether it is drafted by the landlord or the tenant.

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