Rhode Island State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are Rhode Island rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Rhode Island extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Landlord cannot refuse to rent to a victim of DV
  • Landlord cannot terminate a victim of DV
  • Landlord or court may bifurcate the lease, which means that the landlord may evict the abuser, but not the victim of the domestic violence.

Check the Rhode Island statute (R.I. Gen. Laws § §â

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