Landlord/Tenant Disputes: Tenants Deserve Fair News Coverage

The Providence Journal recently published a salacious story of a tenant-landlord dispute, where the landlord of a luxury apartment was unable to remove a tenant when her lease expired. The piece depicted the tenant as a charlatan lawyer who decided to overstay her lease. However, this article does not reflect the reality of most tenant-landlord…

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Eviction moratorium / Prohibición temporal de desalojos

The information in this post is now partially out-of-date. Please see our updated blog post for more information. Está en riesgo de ser desalojado por falta de pagar la renta? Vea el Formulario de Notificación y Declaración de Moratoria de Desalojo y solicite ayuda para pagar la renta aquí. On September 5, 2020 the Centers…

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The Center for Justice Thanks BCBSRI for its Support

The Rhode Island Center for Justice is grateful for a 2020 BlueAngel Community Health Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to prevent homelessness and the serious negative health impacts of housing insecurity for Rhode Islanders. The BlueAngel Grant supports our work to help Rhode Islanders remain stably housed and keep prevent…

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Workers’ Rights During COVID-19 / Derechos de los Trabajadores Durante Covid-19

Anuncio traducido abajo. English / Inglés The Latino Policy Institute, AMOR (Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance), Fuerza Laboral, and the Economic Progress Institute have released resource guides in Spanish and English on rights of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including worker safety, sick leave, and unemployment. These documents, embedded below, include: https://tinyurl.com/BackToWorkRI-ENG: An English two-page…

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RIPUC Extends Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

At their July 13th meeting, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to extend the state’s moratorium on utility shutoffs by National Grid through November 1st, 2020 for low-income utility customers and through September 30th, 2020 for all other residential utility customers. Citing a number of the arguments articulated in the Public Comment submitted…

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COVID-19 and Tenant Legal Support — Update as of June 1, 2020

New District Court Eviction Protocol On March 22, 2020 the Rhode Island District Court issued Administrative Order 2020-03 regarding District Court Eviction Protocol. The order sets out a phased re-opening of the District Court, with a plan to re-schedule hearings for cases that have already been filed, and new guidelines for cases filed on or after June…

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COVID-19 and Tenant Legal Support

Per Rhode Island Supreme Court Executive Order 2020-04, all non-emergency matters—including judicial eviction proceedings—are on hold until at least April 17, 2020. However, courts are not staying removal of tenants for whom a judge has already issued a writ of execution.

This means that new evictions are not being processed, and in-process evictions are on hold, but where a court has already ordered that an eviction can proceed, sheriffs are allowed to remove tenants.

If you are a tenant facing eviction and you are in private housing (that is, not Section 8 or public housing), you can call the Center for Justice at 401-491-1101. If you are in Section 8 or public housing, please call Rhode Island Legal Services at 401-274-2652 (Providence office) or 401-846-2264 (Newport office).

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