Coronavirus

Eviction Processing Suspended During Crisis, Rhode Islanders Encouraged to Report Price Gouging

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH recently made several important announcements about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

  • Evictions: State courts will not process any residential or commercial evictions for the next thirty days. Payment and filing deadlines have also been extended past April 17. Public housing residents with questions can contact Rhode Island Legal Services at 274.2652 x123. Tenants in private rental housing can call the Rhode Island Center for Justice at 401-491-1101.
  • Price Gouging: Rhode Islanders who suspect price gouging or COVID-19 scams should contact the Attorney General’s Office. Price gouging is illegal in Rhode Island. Businesses are prohibited from increasing the price of any essential commodity to an “unconscionably high price” immediately before or during a declared state of emergency.  Rhode Islanders who notice price gouging or scams should contact the Attorney General’s consumer protection team at (401) 274-4400 or fill out an online complaint.
  • Donations of Supplies: Over the last several days, organizations have contacted the State about laboratory supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) that they would like to donate. Rhode Island has set up an online form to get information about these donations. People who have already contacted the State about donations are still encouraged to use this form: bit.ly/covid19-msd

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