NH Law About... Housing Discrimination

Introduction to... Housing Discrimination

Revised July 11, 2014; September 2, 2016.

Tenants are protected from discrimination by the federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws, as well as New Hampshire state law. Discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability are prohibited. The laws cover most housing including both rentals and homeownership.

For resources in library catalogs, search under Discrimination in housing. Broader headings are Housing policy, and classes of persons (People with disabilities – Housing; Minorities – Housing – Older people – Housing, etc.). Most works on renting and buying homes will mention fair housing requirements.

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New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

The Commission's website provides information on discrimination in NH, links to laws and rules, Commission decisions, and how to file a complaint.   GO>

Disability Rights Center. Housing

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

This website provides information on housing discrimination due to disabilities and includes links to federal and NH law and places to go for legal assistance with housing discrimination.   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: March 24, 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>

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RSA 205-A. Regulation of Manufactured Housing Parks  GO>

Link verified on: February 24, 2017

RSA 353. Hotels, Tourist Cabins, etc.   GO>

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

RSA 354-A: State Commission for Human Rights   GO>

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

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

Link verified on: March 24, 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: March 24, 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>

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135 N.H. 643 (1992) Brosseau v. Green Acres Mobile Homes, Inc.

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

The plaintiff, Linda Brosseau, filed an action in the Superior Court (Dunn, J.) claiming that the defendant, Green Acres Mobile Homes, violated the New Hampshire Regulation of Manufactured Housing Parks, RSA chapter 205-A, and the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination, RSA chapter 354-A, and claiming the right to enhanced damages under the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act, RSA 358-A:10.   GO>

151 N.H. 251 (2004). White Cliffs at Dover v. Bulman

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

The defendant, Elaine Bulman, appeals a ruling of the Dover District Court ( Morrison, J.) that the plaintiff, White Cliffs at Dover (White Cliffs), was entitled to recover possession of an apartment leased by Bulman. We affirm. Bulman has severe arthritis that substantially impairs her ability to move, qualifying her as a person with a disability within the meaning of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ￿￿ 3601 et seq. (2000). As a result of her disability, she has difficulty utilizing the stairs in her apartment building that lead to the dumpster where she is required to place her garbage. This case is the culmination of several complaints made by Bulman to White Cliffs about her living arrangements at White Cliffs' apartment building.   GO>

159 N.H. 524 (2009) Ferson-Lake, LLC v. City of Nashua

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

The petitioner, Ferson-Lake, LLC, appeals an order of the Superior Court (Groff, J.) affirming a decision of the Nashua Planning Board (board) denying its site plan application for an elderly housing subdivision.   GO>

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Hum 100-300. Commission for Human Rights.

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

The administrative rules of the State Commission for Human Rights describe complaint, investigative, and hearing procedures for the Commission.   GO>


42 U.S.C. Ch. 45: Fair Housing  GO>

Link verified on: October 3, 2016


24 CFR Chapter 1, Subchapter A - Fair Housing  GO>

Link verified on: September 2, 2016


Guide to New Hampshire Legal Services programs

Link verified on: September 2, 2016

Telephone numbers and websites for low-income and regular-fee legal services.   GO>

New Hampshire Law Library

Link verified on: March 24, 2017

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

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