New Hampshire Landlord Retaliation Laws

New Hampshire Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: June 1, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Complaints to Gov’t or Landlord about Maintenance
  • Court Actions Regarding Maintenance
  • Lawful Tenant Gatherings
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Eviction
  • Rent Increase
  • Other Substantial Changes to Tenancy
Penalties for Retaliation
  • Eviction Fails

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in New Hampshire?

It’s illegal for New Hampshire landlords to retaliate by evicting, increasing rent, or changing the terms of the rental agreement against tenants who don’t owe more than a week’s rent and have taken one of these protected actions:

  • Complaining to the landlord or the government about failure to maintain the property.
  • Court actions about failure to maintain the property.
  • Meeting or gathering with other tenants for a lawful reason.

The law presumes retaliation from the landlord for six months after the landlord finishes repairs, receives written notice about a need for repairs, or becomes aware of tenants lawfully meeting or gathering.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire tenants are permitted to raise retaliation in court as a response to the landlord’s illegal actions. If the court agrees with the tenant that the landlord’s action was retaliatory, the retaliatory action will be legally prohibited, and award damages of up to three months’ rent.