Cranston, Rhode Island Foreclosure and Eviction/Tenant Ordinances Effective December 23, 2009 by Patricia Antonelli, Esq. and Charles A. Lovell, Esq.


New ordinances affecting foreclosures and evictions in Cranston, Rhode Island become effective December 23, 2009. The Cranston City Council approved the ordinances on October 26, 2009, followed by Mayor Allan W. Fung’s veto on November 5, 2009, and the Council’s override of the veto on November 23, 2009. The two ordinances require foreclosure conciliation and provide pre- and post-foreclosure tenant eviction protections. The ordinances are almost identical to the foreclosure and tenant eviction ordinances effective in Providence, Rhode Island since August 23, 2009. The ordinances will be added as amendments to Title 8 of the Code of the City of Cranston, adding new Section 8.49.010 entitled “Foreclosure Requirements for Owner Occupied Residential Properties” (the “Foreclosure Ordinance”) and new Section 8.50.010 entitled “Foreclosure Requirements for Rental Properties” (the “Tenant Ordinance”). Both the Foreclosure Ordinance and the Tenant Ordinance are effective 30 days following the final adoption or on December 23, 2009.

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