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Information for Tenants
4) What happens if my apartment is damaged by fire, flood, or something else that prevents me from living in the apartment?A Tenant has several options in this situation. The tenant may terminate the rental agreement with the landlord by vacating the apartment and notifying the landlord, in writing, the the Tenant wants to terminate the rental agreement due to the condition of the apartment. If only a portion of the apartment is damaged, the Tenant may continue to occupy the undamaged portion of the apartment and reduce that amount of rent due "in proportion to the diminution in the fair rental value of the dwelling unit." RIGL 34-18-34. The law provides additional provisions regarding prepaid rent and security deposits if this situation occurs.
5) What if after I provided my old landlord with a security deposit, the old landlord transferred the property to a new landlord, and now the new landlord is claiming that I never provided a security deposit?If you provided a security deposit to the old landlord, by law, the security deposit was transferred to the current landlord upon his/her acquisition of the rental property. The regular law with respect to security deposits applies.
6) If I do not have a signed lease agreement, can my landlord raise my rent whenever he or she chooses?Yes, provided the Landlord follows that Rhode Island General Laws. The Landlord must provide notice in writing to a tenant of a proposed rent increase at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date that the rent increase will become effective. If the Tenant is sixty (62) years old, then the Landlord must provide notice at least sixty (60) days in advance.
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