Form DC-53 "Defendant/Tenant's Answer - District Court" - Rhode Island

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This is a legal form that was released by the Rhode Island Judiciary - a government authority operating within Rhode Island. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the issuing department.

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  • Released on November 1, 2014;
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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DISTRICT COURT
ANSWER DEFENDANT/TENANT
Civil Action File Number
Plaintiff/Landlord
Attorney for the Plaintiff/Landlord
or the Plaintiff/Landlord
Defendant/Tenant
Address of the Plaintiff/Landlord’s Attorney or the
Plaintiff/Landlord
Attorney for the Defendant/Tenant or the
Address of the Defendant/Tenant’s Attorney or the
Defendant/Tenant
Defendant/Tenant
Murray Judicial Complex
Noel Judicial Complex
2
Division District Court
3
Division District Court
nd
rd
45 Washington Square
222 Quaker Lane
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-2913
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-0107
(401) 841-8350
(401) 822-6750
McGrath Judicial Complex
Garrahy Judicial Complex
4
Division District Court
6
Division District Court
th
th
4800 Tower Hill Road
One Dorrance Plaza
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879-2239
Providence, Rhode Island 02903-2719
(401) 782-4131
(401) 458-5400
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DEFENDANT/TENANT
Listed below are several possible defenses to the eviction action that the Plaintiff/Landlord
has filed against you. If one or more of these defenses apply to your case, check the appropriate
box(es). If space is provided, write in facts in support of that defense. Use additional paper if
necessary. Some of these defenses are technical and there may be others not listed here. You may
consult a lawyer and seek representation before filling out this Answer.
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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DISTRICT COURT
ANSWER DEFENDANT/TENANT
Civil Action File Number
Plaintiff/Landlord
Attorney for the Plaintiff/Landlord
or the Plaintiff/Landlord
Defendant/Tenant
Address of the Plaintiff/Landlord’s Attorney or the
Plaintiff/Landlord
Attorney for the Defendant/Tenant or the
Address of the Defendant/Tenant’s Attorney or the
Defendant/Tenant
Defendant/Tenant
Murray Judicial Complex
Noel Judicial Complex
2
Division District Court
3
Division District Court
nd
rd
45 Washington Square
222 Quaker Lane
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-2913
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-0107
(401) 841-8350
(401) 822-6750
McGrath Judicial Complex
Garrahy Judicial Complex
4
Division District Court
6
Division District Court
th
th
4800 Tower Hill Road
One Dorrance Plaza
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879-2239
Providence, Rhode Island 02903-2719
(401) 782-4131
(401) 458-5400
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DEFENDANT/TENANT
Listed below are several possible defenses to the eviction action that the Plaintiff/Landlord
has filed against you. If one or more of these defenses apply to your case, check the appropriate
box(es). If space is provided, write in facts in support of that defense. Use additional paper if
necessary. Some of these defenses are technical and there may be others not listed here. You may
consult a lawyer and seek representation before filling out this Answer.
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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DISTRICT COURT
DEFENDANT/TENANT’S ANSWER
 The complaint against me is untrue or fails to state the following facts:
______________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
 I have offered rent, but the Plaintiff/Landlord refused it. I am still able and willing to pay
the rent.
 I have a defense for nonpayment because the Plaintiff/Landlord has failed to maintain the
premises in a fit and habitable condition.
 My rent has not been paid, but I have a legally justifiable defense for not paying:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
 I have a written lease which does not expire until _______________________________.
 I have not received the required notice from the Plaintiff/Landlord before this Complaint
was served on me.
 The Plaintiff/Landlord is trying to evict me because I have exercised my legal rights by
calling code enforcement officials or by taking the following protected action:
______________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________.
 I have other defenses as follows: _____________________________________________
________________________________________________________.
WHEREFORE, because of the defense(s) indicated above, I ask that the court to grant
judgment in my favor and not order me to be evicted.
COUNTERCLAIM
Instructions: If you believe that you are entitled to be awarded damages or money for any
reason from the Plaintiff/Landlord, you may fill out the statement below:
1. I hereby sue the Plaintiff/Landlord for the amount of $___________________________.
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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DISTRICT COURT
2. I believe that I am entitled to receive an award of this amount because _______________
______________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________.
Rhode Island Bar Number:
/s/ _____________________________________________________________
or the Defendant/Tenant
Attorney for the Defendant/Tenant
Date:
Telephone Number:
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that, on the ______ day of _____________________, 20____:
 I filed and served this document through the electronic filing system on the following
parties:
_____________________________________________________________________________.
The document electronically filed and served is available for viewing and/or downloading from
the Rhode Island Judiciary’s Electronic Filing System.
 I served this document through the electronic filing system on the following parties:
_____________________________________________________________________________.
The document electronically served is available for viewing and/or downloading from the Rhode
Island Judiciary’s Electronic Filing System.
 I mailed or  hand-delivered this document to the attorney for the opposing party and/or
the opposing party if self-represented, whose name is __________________________________
at the following address _________________________________________________________.
/s/ ___________________________________
Name
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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DISTRICT COURT
ANSWER DEFENDANT/TENANT
Plaintiff
Civil Action File Number
Defendant
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