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6/22/2023 New law creates handbook for landlords and tenants’ rights and responsibilities
STATE HOUSE — Legislation introduced by Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) and Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) to create a handbook spelling out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants has become law.

The law (2023-H 5204A, 2023-S 0305A) directs the Secretary of Housing to create a consumer guide that outlines those rights and responsibilities as they are enumerated in the law. The guide, which will be updated biennially, will be published in English and Spanish, both in print and on the Department of Housing website.

 “Over the past several years, the General Assembly has enacted a number of laws that deal with rental properties,” said Representative Diaz. “This handbook would include critical information for both landlords and tenants so they will both better understand their rights and responsibilities and avoid situations where they are inadvertently breaking the law. As these laws continue to be updated, it is imperative that the guide be updated as well, so landlords and tenants can keep up with changes in the law.”

“Not only does it benefit renters to know their rights in order to better protect them from predatory landlords, but it’s equally important for landlords to know their rights so they will be better protected from renters who try to take advantage of rental agreements,” said Senator Quezada. “This is really a law that benefits everybody.”

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903