What is a New Hampshire Quitclaim Deed?
With a New Hampshire (NH) quitclaim deed, a property’s owner (grantor) can sign rights, ownership, and interest in a property to another person (grantee). The New Hampshire quitclaim deed is legally binding but it does not affect the mortgage on the property and it provides no guarantee to the title or the grantor’s ownership of the property.
Sometimes people in New Hampshire mistakenly call these deeds a “quit claim deed,” “quit claims deed,” or “quick claim deed.” All three terms refer to the same document, the New Hampshire quitclaim deed.
If someone wants a warranty on the property or some sort of guarantee on the title, they need to use a warranty deed. Quitclaim deeds in New Hampshire work best between trusted parties or when moving property to another family member or to a trust as part of estate planning.
Important Laws & Requirements
- Laws: RSA § 477:28 and § 477:3
- Signing: Per § 477:3, the grantor has to sign the document in the presence of a notary and the notary must notarize it.
- Recording: The County Register of Deeds Office will record the deed form. Choose the county where the property is located.
How to Write & File a Quitclaim Deed in New Hampshire
Step 1: Find and download the New Hampshire quitclaim deed form.
Step 2: Have the form’s preparer enter their name and mailing address in the top left-hand corner.
Step 3: Decide who will receive the deed after it is recorded. Put this person’s name and mailing address underneath the preparer’s information. This is usually the grantee.
Step 4: Write the county where the property is located after the words “County of.”
Step 5: After “in consideration of the sum of” write the amount the grantor is receiving for the property in words. Then in parentheses, write it in numbers.
Step 6: After writing the values, write the name of the grantor and the term “grantor.” You will also need to write the grantor’s address. This will be the street address, then county, city, and state in that order.
Step 7: After the grantor’s information, record the grantee’s information. This will be the name, the word “grantee,” and the address in the same orders as the grantor.
Step 8: After “New Hampshire to-wit,” write the property’s county again. Then, record the legal description of the property. This should include the Tax ID number, legal description, address, and any other information recorded on the original deed. You can add additional pages via attachments to this document.
Step 9: Take the deed to a notary for the grantor to sign per § 477:3. The notary will need to officially notarize the document after witnessing the signature.
Step 10: Contact the County Register of Deeds Office in the county where the property is located to learn any filing fees and other submission guidelines set forth by the county. Take the signed, notarized deed to the Registry of Deeds Office with the appropriate filing fee and additional documents the county requires to file the deed.