A Rhode Island month-to-month lease agreement is a rental contract between a landlord and tenant that authorizes the tenant to occupy a residential unit for one (1) month at a time. This type of arrangement is especially favorable for tenants who are unable to make the long-term commitment required in an annual lease. The agreement renews each time the tenant makes their monthly rental payment, and it must be canceled with a minimum of thirty (30) days’ notice (the lease may require a longer notice period).
For landlords, the flexibility of a monthly contract gives them leeway to change the lease terms, raise the rent, and terminate the agreement as long as they give written notice to the tenant. It is recommended that landlords have tenants complete a rental application and undergo a credit check to ensure that the financial terms of the agreement will be honored.
Notice for Terminating (§ 34-18-37(b)) – Thirty (30) Days
Tenant Screening – Rhode Island Rental Application
Before entering into a tenancy agreement, the landlord must notify the prospective tenant of any outstanding minimum housing code violations on the property.
The landlord must disclose to the tenant the name and address of each individual permitted to manage the rental unit as well as the building owner or a representative of the owner who is authorized to accept service of process, notices, and demands.
Tenants must receive this lead paint disclosure before signing a lease agreement if the rental property was built prior to 1978.