NH Law About... Quiet Enjoyment

Introduction to... Quiet Enjoyment

Updated February 24, 2017.

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NOLO. What is the Implied Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment?

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Some common violations of the covenant of quiet enjoyment include tolerating a nuisance, such as a major rodent infestation, or failing to fix a leaky roof which deprives tenants of the use of their rental space.   GO>

Legal Information Institute. Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment

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A covenant of quiet enjoyment insures an owner or tenant against a disturbance of his or her right to possess or use property.   GO>

Findlaw. What to Do About a Neighbor's Noise - FAQs

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If you have a noisy neighbor in an apartment building or other residential lease property, then the landlord has a duty to try to keep the tenant quiet. Almost every residential lease or rental agreement contains a "quiet enjoyment" clause that gives tenants the right to occupy their rented premises in peace and free from outside disturbances. This runs both ways, as tenants are expected not to impinge upon the quiet enjoyment rights of others. A landlord's duty is to enforce both sides of this agreement.   GO>


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 540-A. Prohibited Practices and Security Deposits

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

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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.  GO>

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140 N.H. 566 (1995). Echo Consulting Services, Inc. v. North Conway Bank

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A breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment occurs when the landlord substantially interferes with the tenant's beneficial use or enjoyment of the premises.   GO>

151 N.H. 640 (2005). Adams v. Woodlands of Nashua

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RSA 540–A:2 provides, “No landlord shall willfully violate a tenant's right to quiet enjoyment of his tenancy....” Pursuant to RSA 540–A:4, IX, “Any landlord ... who violates RSA 540–A:2 or any provision of RSA 540–A:3 shall be subject to the civil remedies set forth in RSA 358–A:10....” RSA 540–A:2 does not further define a tenant's right to quiet enjoyment; however, we rely upon the common law doctrine that the covenant obligates the landlord to refrain from interference with the tenant's possession during the tenancy.   GO>

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Reports

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

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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>

New Hampshire Law Library

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