NH Landlord Tenant Law

LandlordStation NH Landlord Tenant Law

The state of New Hampshire enacted the NH landlord tenant law in order to protect the rights of all the parties involved under New Hampshire lease agreements for residential property. The following is a list of items that must be included in a residential lease agreement under the New Hampshire landlord tenant law. New Hampshire provides a copy of the act for both tenants and landlords at the NH.gov website. LandlordStation.com advises that you consult legal counsel if you have any questions about your rights under New Hampshire law.

A residential lease agreement that conforms to the NH landlord tenant laws has set out must include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • the term of the lease agreement;
    • the amount of rental to be paid under the lease;
    • the amount, types and disposition of deposits;
    • the rights and responsibilities of the tenant;
    • the rights and responsibilities of the landlord;
    • specific remedies each party has for violation of lease provisions;
    • specific remedies to cure damages and repairs on the property and addresses, means and times for notifications;
    • obligations under law for possession and maintenance the property; and
    • obligation to notify of change of ownership of the property.

    In addition to the components necessary to construct a lease agreement, the New Hampshire landlord tenant laws set out the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord. Under New Hampshire law, tenants have additional responsibilities which are not part of the landlord/tenant law but are governed by contract law.

    A New Hampshire landlord or owner must perform the following actions. This is a partial list that includes, but is not limited to, items listed below:

    1. comply with the requirements of the applicable minimum housing codes pertaining to health and safety of the tenant;
    2. make repairs and do whatever is necessary to establish and maintain the premises in a safe condition;
    3. keep common areas of the premises in safe condition;
    4. maintain the electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other facilities and appliances in good and safe working order;
    5. provide and maintain appropriate receptacles for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal; and
    6. supply running water and a reasonable amount of hot water at all times and reasonable heat, except when heat or hot water is within the exclusive control of the resident and supplied by a direct public utility connection;
    7. provide a written rental agreement to each tenant prior to the beginning of the occupancy;
    8. disclose to the tenant in writing the name, address and telephone number of the person authorized to manage the premises.

    A tenant leasing a property in the state of New Hampshire must perform the following actions under the law. This is a partial list that includes, but is not limited to, items listed below:

    1. Keep the dwelling unit as clean and safe as the condition of the premises permit, and upon termination of the residency, place the dwelling unit in as clean a condition as when the residency commenced;
    2. Dispose of all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste in a clean and safe manner;
    3. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by the tenant as clean as their condition permits;
    4. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or knowingly permit any person to do so;
    5. Conduct himself and require other persons on the premises with his or her consent to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb his neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises;
    6. Not knowingly commit or consent to any other person knowingly committing a substantial violation of the rental agreement.

    The information contained in the lists offered above are a partial list only of obligations that must be met by the landlord and tenant. For other provisions of the NH landlord tenant law, visit the NH.gov website or consult an attorney. LandLordStation.com offers a variety of helpful sources for property managers and their tenants, as well as the most comprehensive screening available in the market. Find knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives to answer questions as well as a community of real estate experts on-line to share their knowledge and experience on our comprehensive website.

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