Real Estate in Rhode Island

If you are considering buying real estate in Rhode Island and you are an alien in the United States, meaning that you were born or hold residency in another country but have either moved here purposefully for work or school or you visit for vacation, then you should know and understand your legal rights concerning the purchase of land in the state of Rhode Island.  Many aliens have concerns that purchasing real estate in the United States can be a tricky process.  However, this is not the case as the law of Rhode Island clearly states that those who are considered aliens have the right to own real estate just the same as if they were full citizens of the U.S.  This means that they are also entitled to use the legal system to sue for recovery of damages to the property if that need were to arise.

The Maintaining of Fences

For those who hold real estate in Rhode Island the maintenance and proper care of the boundary fences is an important aspect of owning property in the state.  In fact, there are several laws written which pertain to this subject.  If you own land in which a marsh exists or in which the flow of the sea permits you from erecting a fence and keeping it properly maintained, you are exempt from all of the laws concerning fences.  Also, there are contingencies built in specifically for barbed wire fences and spite fences.  A spite fence, according to Rhode Island law, is a fence which exceeds six foot tall and has been erected with the purpose of annoying or upsetting the owners in the adjoining property which must view the fence on a routine basis.  These kinds of fences will automatically be classified as a nuisance.

Tenancy in Common

If you are given a gift or inheritance of real estate in Rhode Island and in that inheritance you are listed as the owner with another person, spouse or otherwise, then in the state of Rhode Island you are automatically going to have to create a tenancy in common for the property.  Sometimes this is done with a joint tenancy, but in Rhode Island you can only be joint tenants if that is expressly stated in the property documents, otherwise all issuances will be considered as tenants in common.

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