Title 34

Chapter 41
Rhode Island Real Estate Time-Share Act

Article I
General Provisions

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-41-1.05

§ 34-41-1.05. Unconscionable agreement or term of contract.

(a) The court, upon finding as a matter of law that a contract or contract clause was unconscionable at the time the contract was made, may refuse to enforce the contract, enforce the remainder of the contract without the unconscionable clause, or limit the application of any unconscionable clause in order to avoid an unconscionable result.

(b) Whenever it is claimed, or appears to the court, that a contract or any contract clause is or may be unconscionable, the court, in order to aid the court in making the determination, shall afford the parties a reasonable opportunity to present evidence as to:

(1) The commercial setting of the negotiations;

(2) Whether a party has knowingly taken advantage of the inability of the other party reasonably to protect his or her interests by reason of physical or mental infirmity, illiteracy, or inability to understand the language of the agreement or similar factors;

(3) The effect and purpose of the contract or clause; and

(4) If a sale, any gross disparity, at the time of contracting, between the amount charged for the time share and the value of the time share measured by the price at which similar time shares were readily obtainable, but a disparity between the contract price and the value of the time share measured by the price at which a similar time share was readily obtainable in similar transactions does not, of itself, render the contract unconscionable.

History of Section.
P.L. 1984, ch. 141, § 2.