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.
§ 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.