Rhode Island 2-Day Landlord Notice to Enter

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A Rhode Island notice to enter informs a tenant that their landlord needs access to their rental unit on a particular day and time for a designated reason. The landlord must provide this notice at least two (2) days in advance and can only enter during reasonable hours.

LawsTitle 34, Chapter 18, §26 and §39

Notice can be used for

  • Alterations, decorations, improvements, or repairs;
  • Exhibiting the unit to actual or prospective buyers, contractors, mortgage lenders, tenants, or workers;
  • Inspection; and
  • Services.

Other Landlord Access

Abandonment or Surrender (§34-18-26(d)(3)) – A landlord may enter a rental unit without notice or tenant consent if they have a valid reason to believe the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises.

Court Order (§34-18-26(d)(1)) – A landlord may enter a rental unit without notice or tenant consent with a valid court order.

Emergency (§34-18-26(b)) – A landlord may enter a rental unit without notice or tenant consent in case of an emergency.

Noncompliance (§34-18-39) – If a tenant fails to respond within twenty (20) days to a landlord’s written notice to cure a breach of the lease agreement that involves repairs to the property, the landlord may enter the unit without notice or tenant consent to complete the repairs.

Tenant Absence (§34-18-26(b)) – If it is reasonably necessary, a landlord may enter a rental unit without notice or tenant consent if the tenant has been absent from the unit for more than seven (7) days.