NH Law About... Landlords and Tenants

Introduction to... Landlords and Tenants

Updated April 21, 2017

This is a general research guide about New Hampshire residential landlord/tenant law. The "Read About ..." section refers to resources about the law and will provide context and key terms.  "Read the Law ..." links to selected law on landlords and tenants and should be used as a jumping off point for further research. "For More Help ..." provides links to legal information programs, libraries, and legal assistance.

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive. It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. NH Law About ...  is not a substitute for the services of an attorney.  

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Read about... Landlords and Tenants


New Hampshire Legal Aid. Self-help Guides. Housing/Foreclosure

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

Evictions -- Tenants' Rights -- Foreclosure Relief -- Leases and Security Deposits -- Mobile Homes -- Mortgages.   GO>

Circuit Court. District Division - Landlord and Tenant Procedure

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

Information for Landlords -- Forms -- Checklists -- [Costs] -- Information for Tenants.   GO>


Residential landlord and tenant law in New Hampshire / prepared by Fred K. Mayer III , Brian C. Shaughnessy. Eau Claire, WI : Lorman Education Services, c2014.

The eviction process -- The security deposit statute -- Leases -- Ethical considerations -- Collecting rent -- Prohibited practices in residential tenancies -- Residential landlord and tenant law.   GO>

Link verified on: May 23, 2017

Every landlord's legal guide / Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, & Janet Portman. [Berkeley, California] : Nolo, 2016.

Screening tenants : your most important decision -- Preparing leases and rental agreements -- Basic rent rules -- Security deposits -- Discrimination -- Property managers -- Getting the tenant moved in -- Cotenants, sublets, and assignments -- Landlord's duty to repair and maintain the premises -- Landlord's liability for tenant injuries from dangerous conditions -- Landlord's liability for environmental health hazards -- Landlord's liability for criminal activity -- Landlord's right of entry and tenants' privacy -- Ending a tenancy -- Returning security deposits and other move-out issues -- Problems with tenants : how to resolve disputes without a lawyer -- Late rent, terminations, and evictions -- Lawyers and legal research -- Appendix A. State landlord-tenant law charts.   GO>

Link verified on: May 23, 2017

Every tenant's legal guide / Attorney Janet Portman and Marcia Stewart. 8th Edition. Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2015.

Finding a place to rent -- Leases and rental agreements -- Basic rent rules -- Security deposits -- Discrimination -- Inspecting the rental unit and moving in -- Roommates, guests, and Airbnb -- Major repairs and maintenance -- Minor repairs and maintenance -- Making improvements and alterations -- Your right to privacy -- Injuries on the premises -- Environmental hazards -- Crime on the premises -- How tenancies end or change -- Moving out and getting your security deposit back -- Termination notices based on nonpayment of rent and other illegal acts -- Evictions -- Resolving problems without a lawyer -- Lawyers and legal research -- State landlord-tenant law charts -- How to use the interactive forms on Nolo Website.   GO>

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

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Read the law about... Landlords and Tenants


RSA 48-A. Housing Standards  GO>

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

RSA 540. Actions Against Tenants   GO>

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RSA 540-A. Prohibited Practices and Security Deposits

Link verified on: May 23, 2017


RSA 540-B. Rental of Shared Facilities   GO>

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RSA 540-C. Vacation or Recreational Rental Units   GO>

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Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

Link verified on: July 21, 2017

Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Landlord & Tenant Law Annotated. LexisNexis.

Link verified on: May 23, 2017

This single-volume book is a compilation of New Hampshire landlord tenant law statutes. It includes references to New Hampshire Supreme Court decisions and to books about landlord and tenant law in New Hampshire. Libraries may borrow the NH Law Library's copy through Interlibrary Loan.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>


Circuit Court. District Division. Landlord and Tenant Actions (Rules 5.1 to 5.12)

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

Rule 5.1. Landlord and Tenant Writ -- Rule 5.2. Return Day -- Rule 5.3. Entry of Actions -- Rule 5.4. Failure to Answer --Rule 5.5. Appearance, Setoff and Counterclaims -- Rule 5.6. Discovery and Continuances -- Rule 5.7. Writ of Possession and Judgment -- Rule 5.8. Damages -- Rule 5.9. Notice Form -- Rule 5.10. Post Trial Motions and Appeals -- Rule 5.11. Dismissal of Appeals -- Rule 5.12. Dismissal of Writs After Sixty Days.   GO>

Find it in a Library ... LexisNexis NH Court Rules Annotated  GO>

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

Find it in a Library ... West's NH Rules of Court. State  GO>

Link verified on: April 21, 2017

Learn About New Hampshire Court Rules: Follow this link to learn how to search court rules online as well as what court rules are and how they're published. GO>


New Hampshire Law Library

Link verified on: September 22, 2017

The state's only public law library. Call, email, or visit, we'll be happy to help.   GO>


Link verified on: July 28, 2017

Volunteer attorneys are available to answer legal questions through LawLine, a free service of the NH Bar Association. LawLine is held on the SECOND Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. To reach LawLine, call (toll free) 800-868-1212.   GO>

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