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I rent an apartment in North Providence Rhode Island my

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Hi I rent an apartment in North Providence Rhode Island my landlord is harassing me my son who is now in jail did a B and E now the landlord has told me his lawyer said that I have to be out of my home bye May 1 then he brought a police officer yesterday and took my key for my mailbox I have to grandchildren living with me I don't know what to do

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Rhode Island

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

There is no lease

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The landlord is my brother and we had to change the locks on my door because he came in whenever he wanted

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Do you have a written lease currently?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No

B and E -- are you referring to a breaking and entering?

Was that at your current home or another location?

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B and E -- are you referring to a breaking and entering?

Was that at your current home or another location?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
At this location

Thanks for the additional information. Give me just a few minutes to finish typing up some information for you, thanks!

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Okay thank you

Since you do not have a written lease, you are considered to be a month to month tenant.

This means that your landlord can initiate an eviction order without cause. For example, it does not need to be due to a failure to pay rent, vandalizing the property, etc., an eviction can simply be initiated because the landlord wishes to terminate the tenancy.

A written lease would provide you with more protection, as that's a legal binding contract to both you and your landlord. However without a written contract, the law categorizes you as a month to month tenant.

An eviction order generally provides between 30 - 60 days to move out, so it appears that this would fall into that time frame.

You should however have recieved notice of an eviction hearing and been given an opportunity to contest the eviction in court.

Judges most usually rule in favor of landlords in a situation like this, but nonetheless you should have been given notice with an opportunity to appear in court.

Your landlord cannot change the locks or take your keys if the move out date on a formal eviction order has not yet arrived.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Could you please call me on my home phone number which is 401 475 359 I have not received anything in writing

I did send a written response earlier, I can try re-sending it to you again, I'm not sure why it wasn't received.

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Since you do not have a written lease, you are considered to be a month to month tenant.

This means that your landlord can initiate an eviction order without cause. For example, it does not need to be due to a failure to pay rent, vandalizing the property, etc., an eviction can simply be initiated because the landlord wishes to terminate the tenancy.

A written lease would provide you with more protection, as that's a legal binding contract to both you and your landlord. However without a written contract, the law categorizes you as a month to month tenant.

An eviction order generally provides between 30 - 60 days to move out, so it appears that this would fall into that time frame.

You should however have recieved notice of an eviction hearing and been given an opportunity to contest the eviction in court.

Judges most usually rule in favor of landlords in a situation like this, but nonetheless you should have been given notice with an opportunity to appear in court.

Your landlord cannot change the locks or take your keys if the move out date on a formal eviction order has not yet arrived.

I hope that helps!

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