NH Law About... Evictions

Introduction to... Evictions

Revised April 17, 2013; July 3, 2013; July 17, 2015 

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Section 10.2 of A Practical Guide to Residential Real Estate Transactions and Foreclosures in New Hampshire (see link below) discusses leases and evictions; section 13.6.1 has information on the eviction of tenants in the event of foreclosure. The book also has forms on CD. Many public libraries around the state have this book and CD.

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

Link verified on: July 17, 2015

A Question/Answer Walk Through the Eviction Process -- Evictions from Manufactured Housing -- The Sheriff is Coming to Lock Me Out ... Now What? -- Property Left In Apartment After Eviction.   GO>

New Hampshire Legal Aid. Question/Answer Walkthrough Foreclosure Eviction  GO>

Link verified on: July 17, 2015

Circuit Court. District Division - Landlord and Tenant Procedure

Link verified on: September 9, 2016

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: December 16, 2016

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

Link verified on: December 16, 2016

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Read the law about... Evictions


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

Link verified on: December 16, 2016

RSA 502-A. District Courts  GO>

Link verified on: July 17, 2015

RSA 540. Actions Against Tenants   GO>

Link verified on: September 9, 2016

RSA 540-B. Rental of Shared Facilities   GO>

Link verified on: December 16, 2016

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

Link verified on: September 9, 2016

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

Link verified on: January 18, 2017

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>


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

Link verified on: September 9, 2016

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>


Circuit Court. District Division. Landlord/Tenant Forms  GO>

Link verified on: July 17, 2015



Link verified on: December 16, 2016

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: September 2, 2016

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

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