AG warns about evictions without a court order

RI Attorney General Peter Neronha. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general’s office has issued a warning to landlords to remind them that evicting a tenant without a court order is illegal and may result in prosecution.

The office in a statement Thursday said it has in recent weeks received reports of an increasing number of so-called “self-help” evictions, or evictions carried out without the required court order.

Attorney General Peter Neronha said as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to heighten the dangers and public health consequences of housing instability, preventing or prosecuting self-help evictions must remain a law enforcement priority.


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