NH Law About... Evictions

Introduction to... Evictions

Revised April 17, 2013; July 3, 2013.

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) publication, "Residential Landlord and Tenant Law," linked to below is a great place for people to start their research. The authors point the way to relevant statutes, cases, and regulations and explain important concepts in landlord and tenant law. CLEs are written by lawyers for lawyers and not for the general public. Despite this, they are relatively short and often contain forms or sample language. CLEs aren't indexed, but they do have detailed tables of contents. Most CLEs are not available online but the law library will lend theirs through ILL. Though they're expensive compared to non-legal materials, CLEs are rarely more than $100.00 or so - cheap in the law library world! Publishers of NH CLEs include the NH Bar Association, Lorman, and NBI.

The “Read About …” section refers to resources about the law and will provide context and key terms. “Read the Law …” links to selected laws on evictions and should be used as a jumping off point for further research.

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.  

Read about... Evictions


Circuit Court. District Division - Landlord Tenant Procedure

Link verified on: September 5, 2014

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

New Hampshire Legal Aid. Self-Help Guides. Housing. Evictions

Link verified on: July 3, 2013

Discovery in Landlord and Tenant Cases -- Evictions from Manufactured Housing -- Tenant Protection during Foreclosure -- The Eviction Process -- Written Notice -- Demand for Rent -- A Walk Through the Eviction Process.   GO>

NH Law About ... Landlords and Tenants  GO>

Link verified on: May 27, 2014


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: September 5, 2014

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Read the law about... Evictions


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

Link verified on: July 11, 2014

RSA 502-A: District Courts  GO>

Link verified on: July 3, 2013

RSA 540. Actions Against Tenants   GO>

Link verified on: September 5, 2014

RSA 540-B. Rental of Shared Facilities   GO>

Link verified on: September 5, 2014

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

Link verified on: September 5, 2014

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

Link verified on: April 10, 2015

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


15 U.S.C. 1692-1692p. Debt Collection Practices  GO>

Link verified on: October 4, 2013


New Hampshire Supreme Court Opinions

Link verified on: January 16, 2015

New Hampshire Supreme Court slip opinions from 1995 to the present are found on the NH Judicial Branch Website. Keyword searching is possible from the website, but a better option is to use Google and restrict the site to: [topic] site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/. That way, your patron can limit the search to Supreme Court opinions.   GO>

Google Scholar

Link verified on: January 16, 2015

Google Scholar has federal and state case law.   GO>

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Reports

Link verified on: April 10, 2015

Find the New Hampshire Reports in libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Case Law: New Hampshire case law consists of the published opinions of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. GO>


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

Link verified on: September 5, 2014

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>

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>


Affidavit of Damages and Statement of Claim (sample from the Circuit Court)  GO>

Link verified on: July 3, 2013

Demand for Rent (sample from the Circuit Court)  GO>

Link verified on: July 3, 2013

Eviction Notice (Notice to Quit) (sample from the Circuit Court)  GO>

Link verified on: July 3, 2013



Link verified on: April 3, 2015

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>

Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC)

Link verified on: March 28, 2014

LARC provides legal information, referrals, and pro se assistance for eligible low-income people in New Hampshire   GO>

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