Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 80
Mortgage Foreclosure Purchasers

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-80-9

§ 5-80-9. Enforcement.

(a) Remedies. A violation of §§ 5-80-1 — 5-80-8 is considered to be a violation of § 6-13.1-2 and all the remedies of § 6-13.1-5.2 are available for such an action. A private right of action under § 6-13.1-5.2 by a foreclosed homeowner is in the public interest.

(b) Exemplary damages. In a private right of action under § 6-13.1-5.2 for a violation of § 5-80-8, the court may award exemplary damages of any amount. In the event the court determines that an award of exemplary damages is appropriate, the amount of exemplary damages awarded shall not be less than one and one half (1½) times the foreclosed homeowner’s actual damages. Any claim for exemplary damages brought pursuant to this section must be commenced within four (4) years after the date of the alleged violation.

(c) Remedies cumulative. The remedies provided in this section are cumulative and do not restrict any remedy that is otherwise available. The provisions of §§ 5-80-1 — 5-80-9 are not exclusive and are in addition to any other requirements, rights, remedies, and penalties provided by law.

(d) Criminal penalty. Any foreclosure purchaser who engages in any practice that would operate as a fraud or deceit upon a foreclosed homeowner may, upon conviction, be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. Prosecution or conviction for any one of the violations does not bar prosecution or conviction for any other offenses.

(e) Failure of transaction. Failure of the parties to complete the reconveyance transaction, in the absence of additional misconduct, shall not subject a foreclosure purchaser to the criminal penalties under § 5-79-7 or this section.

(f) Limitation. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, no action may be brought on the basis of a violation of §§ 5-80-1 — 5-80-9, except by an owner against whom the violation was committed or by the department of attorney general.

History of Section.
P.L. 2006, ch. 242, § 2; P.L. 2006, ch. 287, § 2; P.L. 2007, ch. 340, § 2.