Landlord-Tenant Law in Rhode Island
If you own residential or commercial rental property or if your business rents space, you know how important it is to understand the rights and obligations of both parties when it comes to landlord-tenant law in Rhode Island.
The attorneys of Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester, LLP, have been representing and advising Rhode Island clients for more than 85 years. We handle a wide range of real estate issues for clients with both commercial and residential properties.
Do You Need a Lease Agreement or an Eviction Notice?
If you are just starting negotiations for a rental space you may be wondering how much of your agreement needs to be put into writing. As experienced Rhode Island landlord-tenant attorneys, we know that many cases could have been avoided and interests protected with a properly drafted and well-thought-out contract.
When the relationship between a landlord and tenant sours and it becomes necessary to file an eviction action, the process that must be followed is controlled by state law. The law is very specific as to when notice must be given, the number of days before a hearing, and the reasons for the termination of the lease agreement.
When a landlord proceeds on his or her own, there is considerable risk that the necessary legal requirements will not be followed. Failure to strictly follow the statutory requirements can create additional liabilities for landlords. For example, those who own property as an LLC are often tempted to represent themselves in court. This is a common error made by landlords. An LLC is a separate legal entity and therefore a licensed attorney must represent it when the organization brings or defends actions in court.
We also work with landlords to develop policies and practices regarding the return of security deposits. The return of security deposits is highly regulated by statute and if a landlord does not follow the law, he or she can be subject to treble damages.
Contact Our Pawtucket Eviction Law Firm Today
In addition to landlord-tenant legal matters, our firm also handles all types of commercial and residential transactional services and real estate litigation. If you have any questions or would like more information about our practice, contact our Pawtucket real estate law firm or call our office at 401-723-1122 to schedule a consultation with our lawyers.