This resource provides a general overview overview of the steps involved in a residential eviction for non-payment of rent in Rhode Island.
While this information is not a substitute for the assistance of an experienced Rhode Island landlord/tenant lawyer, it should still serve as a useful roadmap to landlords who are losing rental income due to non-payment, as well as to tenants who may be facing eviction.
The general steps involved are:
- Step 1 – Sending the 5-day demand notice.
- Step 2 – Initiating an eviction lawsuit.
- Step 3 – Serving the required court documents.
- Step 4 – Trial.
- Step 5 – Entry of judgment and possible appeals.
- Step 6 –Requesting and serving the writ of execution.
Before exploring the Rhode Island eviction process for non-payment of rent, please note that not all eviction cases follow the steps outlined here. For example, an appeal will not necessarily arise in every eviction matter. Likewise, these steps provide just a summary of the underlying law and procedures involved. Certain details have been omitted to simplify the overview.
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