New Hampshire Rental Lease Agreements

The New Hampshire rental agreements are documents created when a tenant wishes to use a real property overseen by a landlord or the property owner. These contracts establish the amount of the rent, frequency of rent payments, and the duration of the tenancy.

New Hampshire Rental Agreement Types

17 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The New Hampshire residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) conveys a landlord’s right to occupy their premises to a tenant for a monetary payment.

14 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The New Hampshire month-to-month rental agreement or “tenancy at will,” allows a tenant to pay a monthly fee in exchange for the use of the landlord’s residential property.

3 pages
Rental Application Form

The New Hampshire rental application form is a document that landlords use to screen potential tenants for a lease agreement.

8 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The New Jersey sublease agreement is a binding legal contract between an existing tenant (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“sublessee”).

3 pages
Roommate Agreement

The New Hampshire roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract shared by two or more “co-tenants” in a shared living situation.

12 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The New Hampshire commercial lease agreement establishes the relationship between the landlord a tenant, or a business entity.

New Hampshire Required Lease Disclosures

  • Move-in Checklist (required for some) – When charging a security deposit, New Hampshire landlords must provide a move-in checklist for the property that outlines existing damages, and once completed the tenant must sign off on the conditions that may be used during move-out to recoup a security deposit.
  • Security Deposit Holdings Disclosure (required for some) – Landlords in New Hampshire must provide the holding information for any security deposits charged to tenants, including the holding institution and account number so that the tenant may ensure the deposit is being handled correctly in the case of a breach of contract.
  • Lead Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – Any New Hampshire pre-1978 building with units for rent must include a lead based paint disclosure in the lease, including an EPA pamphlet on the hazards of lead paint and notice of any existing hazards on the property as a safety warning for new tenants who are at risk of exposure.

To learn more about required disclosures in New Hampshire, click here.

New Hampshire Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – New Hampshire’s health code requires landlords to provide plumbing, safe electric outlets, running water, gas lines, in-unit heating, and more to all tenants. If these amenities require repairs, the landlord must supply repair services within 14 days. If they don’t, a tenant is not able to take “alternative action” against them.
  • Evictions – By providing a 7-day notice, a New Hampshire landlord can evict a tenant for non-payment of rent or committing an illegal action. Meanwhile, a 30-day notice is needed for a lease term violation eviction. So, most evictions here take from 1 week to a 1 month or more to complete.
  • Security Deposits – A New Hampshire landlord may charge two types of security deposit: a $100 charge at the beginning of tenancy and a charge valued at no more than 1 month’s rent. All of these deposits must be returned in their remainder within 30 days of a lease’s conclusion.
  • Lease Termination – 30 days of notice must always be provided for a New Hampshire tenant to terminate their month-to-month lease legally. A similar early termination may be given to a fixed-term tenant who supplies one of the following exclusions: active military duty, landlord harassment, or unit uninhabitability.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – New Hampshire landlords are free to raise rent as much as they want, for any reason. However, they are still required to provide notice of increases 30 days before they take effect. These landlords are also free to charge almost any fee and set the price of said fees. Only bounced check fees are limited, based on the check’s value.
  • Landlord Entry – A New Hampshire landlord must always provide “adequate” notice before entering a tenant’s dwelling. This standard can be better defined through a lease agreement. However, emergency situations still typically allow for permission-less entry.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Landlords and tenants in New Hampshire that need a dispute mediated can do so in small claims court. These courts accept most cases valued at up to $7,500, but not eviction cases. Cases must also fit within the 3 year statute of limitations.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in New Hampshire, click here.