A New Hampshire eviction notice is the initial step for landlords aiming to remove a tenant. Complying with state law, the notice grants tenants the mandated period to respond or vacate.
Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: New Hampshire Statutes: Chapter 540: Actions Against Tenants.
- Grace Period for Rent Payment: None.
- Late or Non-Rent Payment Notice: 7 days (§ 540:2 II(a)) and (§ 540:3 I).
- Notice of Non-Compliance: 7 days (§ 540:2 II(b) through (f)) and (§ 540:3 II).
- Lease Termination (Month-Month): 30 days (§ 540:3 II).
How to Evict a Tenant in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, eviction lawsuits are governed by Chapter 540 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes.
Step 1: Allow the Tenant to Correct the Reason For Eviction
Before beginning the eviction process in New Hampshire, a landlord must inform the tenant they violated the rental agreement and give them time to fix it. If the violation is non-payment, the landlord must provide a late rent notice or an eviction notice with an attached Demand for Rent form, which gives the tenant seven days to pay rent or move out. The landlord can provide a non-compliance notice if the eviction is for any other violation.
Step 2: File to Sue For Eviction With the Court
If the tenant doesn’t fix the problem, the landlord may file a claim with the Local District Court and the appropriate court forms. If the tenant and landlord agree that the tenant should move out, there’s also the option of a lease termination form, which legally removes the tenant from the lease.
Step 3: Let Authorities Handle the Situation
If the landlord wins the eviction lawsuit, they’re then provided a Writ of Possession by the court. The landlord can take it to the police station and get help from the sheriff to remove the tenant if they still don’t move on their own.
Related Court Forms
- Affidavit of Damages and Statement of Claim: The landlord uses this affidavit to evict tenants for late or non-rent payments.
- Affidavit of Ownership: A landlord will file this affidavit to prove property ownership.
- Affidavit of Military Service: This affidavit allows the tenant to state their military service.
- Demand for Rent: This form documents how much back rent is owed by the tenant and must be attached to any notice to pay or quit eviction notice.