§ 98.10  OWNER’S OBLIGATIONS.
   (A)   Required lease terms. All short-term residential leases shall have as an attachment a copy of the applicable Short Term Rental Permit for the premises, and contain the following provisions, either as worded below or in substantially similar language:
      The following provisions are required by law to be a part of this lease. In these provisions, “you” and “your” mean each tenant under this lease.
      (1)   The legal occupancy of this dwelling unit is limited by town ordinance and may not exceed the number of persons aged at least 12 years of age set forth on the Short Term Rental Permit attached hereto. Exceeding said occupancy limit is a violation of this chapter and is subject to a fine of up $1,000 per day.
      (2)   If you sublet any portion of the premises, you become subject to the requirements of the Short-Term Residential Leases ordinance, including the requirement to register the subleasing at the Town Hall. Allowing a person who is not a tenant to stay one or more nights on the premises in exchange for money or anything else of value constitutes a sublease.
      (3)   As the tenant under a short-term residential lease, you may be held legally responsible for any violations of law committed by you or by your guests while at the premises, including violations of the ordinances pertaining to noise, keeping dogs on a leash, parking, trash maintenance and disposal, and dwelling occupancy limits. In addition, if you are charged with a violation pertaining to legal occupancy, excessive noise, or other disturbance of the peace, you may be subject to immediate eviction under R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-36(f).
      (4)   You are required to furnish the landlord with accurate and up-to-date information about all motor vehicles registered to or used by tenants, including the model, year, color, and vehicle registration of each vehicle. This information will be made available to enforcement authorities if you are reasonably suspected of violating any of these required terms in the lease.
   (B)   In addition to the foregoing mandatory provisions, the record owner may include in the lease a provision restricting or prohibiting any subleasing of the premises.
   (C)   Posting ordinances. The record owner shall post, in plain view and in a conspicuous place within the rental dwelling unit, a notice containing:
      (1)   The full text of ordinances pertaining to noise, keeping dogs on a leash, parking, trash maintenance and disposal, and dwelling occupancy limits, and any other ordinance which the Council may deem appropriate from time to time. Printed form notices shall be available at the office of the registrar;
      (2)   The maximum number of occupants permitted to stay in the dwelling, and notice that failure to conform to the occupancy limit is a violation of this Code  and is subject to a fine of up $1,000 per day;
      (3)   The name and telephone number where the record owner can be reached;
      (4)   Where applicable, the name of the record owner's local representative and a telephone number where the local representative may be reached;
      (5)   The number and location of onsite parking spaces; and
      (6)   The telephone number and website address for the Middletown Police Department.
      (7)   Trash pickup requirements, including the location of trash cans.
   (D)   Posting lease and registration form. The record owner of a dwelling unit or any person in control or possession of said dwelling unit subject to the provisions of this chapter, shall cause a copy of the active lease, with the printed names of all tenants and the registration form required by this chapter to be posted or fixed to the inside of the primary access door to said dwelling unit, so as to allow the lease and registration form to be readily available for inspection by police, zoning or building officials of the Town of Middletown.
   (E)   Vehicle and tenant information. Record owners who rent a dwelling unit under a short-term residential lease shall:
      (1)   At the beginning of the lease term obtain from each tenant accurate and up-to- date information, including the names, home addresses and phone numbers of the tenants, the date of the rental period and the model, year, color and vehicle registration of all motor vehicles registered to or used by such tenants;
      (2)   Maintain this information throughout the term of the lease and for 90 days thereafter; and
      (3)   Make this information available to Town Officials who are lawfully investigating or prosecuting any offense reasonably believed to involve one or more of the tenants. Failure of the record owner to maintain or provide this required information shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(Ord. passed 11-16-99; Am. Ord. 2017-3, passed 1-17-17; Am. Ord. 2019-7, passed 6-3-19)