Property Management requirements in Rhode Island

Must Rhode Island property management companies have a real estate broker's license?

YES. Key components of property management (leasing, renting and managing) are considered real estate activities under existing Rhode Island real estate licensing laws. If a property manager is going to lease, list, manage or rent real estate, or if he or she holds herself out as engaging in those activities he or she will need a broker's license. A salesperson working under a broker may engage in such activities.

Are there any exceptions to the requirement that a Rhode Island property?

YES. For example, property owners and their regular employees who acts of property management are performed in the regular course of, or as an incident to the management of the property.

For more information about these and other Rhode Island property management requirements and exceptions, please contact the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.

Before hiring a property manager to manage your Rhode Island rental property, you should always check that he or she is licensed appropriately. You can check the license status of Rhode Island property managers by referring to the state's list of broker licensees and salesperson licensees.

Rhode Island Community Association Management Licensing

There is no requirement that a community association manager or condo association manager in Rhode Island hold a real estate broker's license.

Rhode Island Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements

Rhode Island real estate broker requirements include:

  • Age: 18 years of age or older
  • Citizenship/Residency: Legal resident of the U.S.
  • Experience: provide evidence of two years experience as a full time salesperson
  • Education: provide evidence of 90 hours of pre-licensing courses in subjects related to real estate; evidence of successful completion of 3 hour course in lead based paint/lead hazard mitigation; evidence of successful completion of 3 hour course in New Agency Law
  • Insurance: provide evidence of errors and omissions insurance
  • Trustworthiness: must provide criminal history
  • Exam: pass the broker examination

    Rhode Island Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Requirements

    Rhode Island real estate salesperson licensing requirements include:

  • Age: 18 years of age or older
  • Citizenship/Residency: Legal resident of the U.S.
  • Education: provide evidence of 45 hours of pre-licensing education; evidence of successful completion of 3 hour course in lead based paint/lead hazard mitigation; evidence of successful completion of 3 hour course in New Agency Law
  • Insurance: provide evidence of errors and omissions insurance
  • Trustworthiness: must provide criminal history
  • Exam: pass the salesperson examination

    For more information about these and other licensing requirements and exceptions, please contact the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.

    IMPORTANT: This information is intended for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should it be considered legal advice or relied upon without first confirming its contents with your state real estate commission. Laws are updated frequently, and this information may not reflect the current law in your state. To confirm the specific requirements for each state, please contact your state real estate commission.

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