Rhode Island expert outlines worsening housing crisis

August 2nd, 2022|

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As rental rates rise across the state, Rhode Islanders now face harsh realities of a continued housing crisis, that shows no signs of ending soon.

The rising rental rates have driven families from their homes, like the Ringland’s of Barrington.

Their monthly rent went from $950 to $1,800 over the past two months.

Jack Ringland explained Thursday, “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, I guess Barbara could go up to New Hampshire and live with her mother, and they tell me I still have a right to get into the veteran’s home.’ That’ll make us 150 miles away from each other. That’s no way to spend the rest of our days.”

Brenda Clement, director of Housing Works Rhode Island, said the nearly doubling of monthly rental is legal.

She explained Tuesday, “Most tenants in Rhode Island are month-to-month tenants, and as such, are at risk of a landlord saying, ‘I’m doubling your rent and I’m terminating your residency with proper notification.’”…


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