Rhode Island HOA Laws

There are no specific Acts in Rhode Island that apply exclusively to homeowners associations. But, there are some laws that might still affect how these associations function. Here are the Rhode Island HOA laws you must know about.


For Condominiums

There are two Acts that apply to condominium associations in Rhode Island. The first is the older Rhode Island Condominium Ownership Act. This Act serves as a general guide for the creation, operation, and management of condominiums established prior to July 1, 1982. Condominiums elect to be governed by this Act by recording a declaration with the register of deeds in the county where the condominium is situated.

The second is the Rhode Island Condominium Act, which regulates the creation, management, and termination of condominiums that form under this Act after July 1, 1982. Condominiums established before that date can choose to amend their governing documents to follow the provisions of this Act instead.


Rhode Island Condominium Ownership Act

You can find this Act under Title 34, Chapter 36 of the Rhode Island General Laws. It contains 41 sections, listed below.


Rhode Island Condominium Act

You can find this Act under Title 34, Chapter 36 of the Rhode Island General Laws. It contains four articles, each one broken down further into sections.

Article I – General Provisions

Article II – Creation, Alteration, and Termination of Condominiums

Article III – Management of Condominium

Article IV – Protection of Condominium Purchasers


Rhode Island HOA Laws on Corporate Governance

The Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act applies to non-profit corporations in the state. Most of the associations in Rhode Island form as non-profit corporations, in which case, this Act governs their corporate procedure, structure, and management.

You can find the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act under Title 7, Chapter 7-6 of the Rhode Island General Laws. The following sections can be found under the Act:


Fair Housing

The HOA laws of Rhode Island also cover Fair Housing. According to the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act, it is prohibited to discriminate against persons based on their race, color, country of ancestral origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, religion, marital status, familial status, military status as a veteran, service member in the armed forces, a victim of domestic abuse, or disability.

This Act functions in much the same manner as the federal Fair Housing Act. Victims of discrimination can file a private lawsuit in state or federal court. They may also lodge a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.

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