Rent Increases & Fees in New Hampshire

Rent Increases & Fees in New Hampshire

Last Updated: May 3, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In New Hampshire the regulation of rent is primarily governed by case law, 121 N.H. 268. This state preempts rent control. The law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it with proper notice.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases 30 Days
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee No Statute

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in New Hampshire?

A New Hampshire landlord may not increase rent during the term of the lease, unless the lease specifically allows the landlord to do so. A landlord may increase rent on an “at-will” tenant if an appropriate notice is provided.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in New Hampshire?

It is illegal for a New Hampshire landlord to increase rent in retaliation for a tenant filing a complaint to the appropriate agency regarding the health and safety of the property. If a landlord increases rent within six months of a legitimate complaint, he/she will be acting in retaliation. (NHRS 540-13-b)

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a New Hampshire landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire has no limit to how much a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in New Hampshire?

Rent can increase at any time if there is no written lease. A landlord must provide the tenant with a 30-Day Notice.  (NH Rev Stat § 540:2)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire does not regulate how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire has no laws regarding late fees.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in New Hampshire

The state provides no specific guidance on how much a landlord may charge tenants for bounced checks.

New Hampshire Cities With Rent Control

New Hampshire has no laws regarding rent control. A 1981 ruling made by the New Hampshire Supreme Court determined that local municipalities powers are limited to those allowed by the state. It was determined that towns have no authority to enact rent control measures. (New Hampshire Supreme Court 1981)