A legal eviction in Rhode Island can only be made for a number of acceptable reasons. This means that landlords must provide a valid basis along with the correct amount of days’ notice in order to comply with the legal eviction process within the state.
There are many specific causes that can prompt eviction action. Not using the correct RI legal contracts, in this case, can lead to delays or even court dismissal of the eviction, so it is important to choose the right type.
5-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment)
This type of eviction notice gives tenants 5 days to pay the rent or leave the property if they fail to pay within the contractually agreed time. If the tenant still doesn’t pay or vacate after the notice period ends, the landlord can take them to court.
20-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance)
In situations where the tenant violates the terms of the lease, landlords can issue them with a 20-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Compliance. This gives the resident a chance to correct the violation within 20 days, or to leave the premises.
This can also be issued as an unconditional notice, giving the tenant no option to correct the break in the terms. However, this is usually only done when more serious breaches of the contract occur.
30-Day Notice to Quit (Month-to-Month)
30 Day-Notice to Quit documents are used to evict month-to-month tenants or those who don’t have a fixed lease without providing any given cause. This allows the landlord to inform the tenant that they must vacate the property within 30 days or face a legal challenge.
24-Hour Notice to Quit (Illegal Activity)
A 24-Hour notice to quit can be used for tenants that engage in illegal activities which pose an immediate threat. This type of behavior cannot be cured by the tenant, and they will have to vacate the property immediately.