Cost of an Eviction in New Hampshire

Cost of an Eviction in New Hampshire

Last Updated: April 6, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The average cost of an eviction in New Hampshire for all filing, court, and service fees is $186. Eviction lawsuits are filed in the Circuit Court District Division where the dwelling unit is located.

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In New Hampshire, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Actions Against Tenants”) with the court the following business day.

The initial filing fee is $125. The landlord must also pay a $1 for the Landlord and Tenant Writ.

2. Petition Service Fee

Once a Landlord and Tenant Writ (also known as a “Complaint”) is filed in New Hampshire, the court will issue a Petition. The Petition is”>the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court).

The landlord must arrange for a sheriff to deliver the Petition to the tenant. The sheriff’s service fee is $30. [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’]

3. Writ of Possession Service Fee

In New Hampshire, if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Possession upon the landlord’s request. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises.

A New Hampshire sheriff must serve the Writ of Possession to the tenant. They may charge a service fee of $30. [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’]

4. Notice of Appeal Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal, they may do so as long as the Notice of Appeal is filed within 7 calendar days of the judgment.

The Appeal will be transferred and heard in Supreme Court. The filing fee is $225.

5. Copy Fee

In New Hampshire, if either party wants to make copies of any document, the fee is $0.50 per copy.