Rhode Island Standard Residential Lease Agreement Form

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The Rhode Island Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a legally binding contract, that is written between a landlord and tenant. The agreement will provide written permission for the tenant to use the property from the start to end date of the agreement. The agreement will spell out all of the rules and regulations, laws and responsibilities for which the landlord and tenant will be responsible to abide by. The tenant must carefully read through the agreement and all of the requirements so that they will better understand the document they are signing. If the tenant is unsure of what the terms mean, they may choose to consult with an attorney for clarification.

LawsChapter 34-18 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

HandbookThe Rhode Island Landlord-Tenant Handbook (PDF)

How To Write

Step 1 – Rhode Island Agreement Details – Enter the following:

  • Landlord’s Name
  • Name of Landlord’s Agen
  • Premises/Apartment Number and Address
  • Monthly Rent Amount and Monthly Due Date
  • Read the late payment statement
  • Provide the beginning and ending dates for the term of the lease
  • Enter the amount of the security deposit and check the option for payment
  • Enter the names of all of the tenants
  • Provide the number of vehicles that will be allowed to park on the premises
  • Read the statement regarding utilities
  • Read the No Smoking statement
  • Enter the number and type of pets (if any)
  • Check the option in which the landlord would like to rent the premises next to “Condition of Premises”

Step 2 – Titled Sections – Tenant(s) must read all articles and sections of the remainder of the contract as follows:

  • Painting and Improvements by Tenants
  • Attorney and Collection Fees
  • Joint and Several Liability
  • Insurance
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Lead Paint (Disclosure)
  • Addendum
  • Grant of Lease
  • Tenants
  • Term of Lease
  • Security Deposit
  • Rent Payments
  • Notices
  • Joint and Several Liability
  • Consequences of Breach by Tenants
  • Utilities
  • Notice of Intent To Surrender and Holdover Tenancy
  • Obligations and Duties of Tenants (In compliance with Rhode Island General Law §34-18-24) (1 through 10)
  • No Assignment
  • Tenant’s Insurance
  • Condition of Premises
  • Alterations
  • No Illegal Use
  • Notice of Injuries
  • Landlord’s Right to Mortgage, Sell and Transfer
  • Abandonment
  • Notice of Absence from Premises
  • Delay of Possession
  • Materiality of Rental Application
  • Modification of this Lease
  • Remedies Not Exclusive
  • Severability
  • No Waiver
  • Attorney Fees and Collection Costs
  • Destruction of Premises
  • Eminent Domain
  • Landlord Entry and Lien
  • Governing Law
  • Rules and Regulations (A through L)

Step 3 – Signatures –

  • Landlord’s Signature by Agent
  • Date of Signature
  • AND
  • All tenants must provide signatures
  • All tenants must date all signatures