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      'Just cause' eviction legislation becomes law in Rhode Island

      RI Statehouse

      Newly-passed legislation in Rhode Island prevents mortgage lenders that foreclose on a property from evicting residents without "just cause."

      The bill was the work of the Tenant and Homeowner Association, a committee under Direct Action for Rights and Equality, or DARE.{}

      The "just cause" bill has been in the works for six years, and is based on a similar law passed in Massachusetts in 2010.

      "Just cause" is defined under the Landlord-Tenant Act.

      Before the bill passed, tenants of a home were evicted upon foreclosure, something advocates say led to a spike in homelessness and abandoned property.

      The law also require foreclosing lenders to follow the Landlord-Tenant Act, and maintain healthy and safe living conditions.