The Rhode Island 20-day notice to quit for non-compliance gives a tenant twenty (20) days to remedy a lease violation or move out of their rental unit. Examples of violations for which a tenant can be given notice include damaging the landlord’s property, improper disposal of waste, disturbing the peace of other residents, and any other activity that is in contravention of the written lease agreement (unauthorized smoking, pets, subtenants, etc.).
If the tenant commits a second violation within a six (6) month period that is similar to the first violation for which they received notice, the landlord is not required to give them the opportunity to fix their violation. In the event that the tenant does not move out or cure their violation within the given time frame, the landlord may pursue legal action to have them evicted.