How to Serve an Eviction Notice in New Hampshire

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in New Hampshire

Last Updated: March 23, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

In New Hampshire, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 7 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent, the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in New Hampshire, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in New Hampshire

A landlord can deliver eviction notices in New Hampshire using either of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises.

Obtaining Proof of Service in New Hampshire 

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph of the posted notice and completing a Declaration of Service.

New Hampshire Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
7 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
30 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
7 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Serious Lease Violation
30 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Business Reason

Tenant Refuses to Sign Amendment

30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Periodic / Fixed Term Lease