New Hampshire Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 3, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. New Hampshire state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies or for tenants without leases, New Hampshire landlords must provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Late Rent Fees. There is no legislation for late rent fees in New Hampshire.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

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?

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?

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

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

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?

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

Laws Regarding Late Fees

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

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

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

Cities in the State 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)