New Hampshire Lease Agreement Templates (6)

A New Hampshire lease agreement is a legal contract that outlines the terms of an individual renting a space from a landlord for a monetary sum. This legal document is binding and must be viewed and signed by all parties. The landlord has the right to run a credit check on the tenant to verify their income and ensure that the rent can be paid.

Last updated April 10th, 2024

A New Hampshire lease agreement is a legal contract that outlines the terms of an individual renting a space from a landlord for a monetary sum. This legal document is binding and must be viewed and signed by all parties. The landlord has the right to run a credit check on the tenant to verify their income and ensure that the rent can be paid.

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By Type (6)

Standard Lease Agreement – This outlines the full terms of the contract for an individual looking to rent a residential space.
Commercial Lease Agreement – This is a contract for any business looking to rent an office, retail, or industrial building.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – A contract that has the ability to be voided after 30 days by either the tenant or landlord.
Rent-to-Own Agreement – A contract between a tenant and landlord that has the added benefit of the ability to purchase the property.
Roommate Agreement – An agreement between members of a shared unit to outline the duties of their rental space.
Sublease Agreement – With the landlord’s permission, this is used when a tenant re-rents their space to another individual.

Disclosures (3)

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – If a property was built before 1978, all tenants must receive a lead paint disclosure, alerting them to the possibility of toxic paint being present. EPA/HUD Fact Sheet

Repair Notice – If the rental property is in need of repair, then the landlord must notify the tenant within five days of occupancy. § 540-A:6(I)(c)

Security Deposit Receipt – The tenant must be given a signed security deposit receipt unless the deposit was made via a bank, government-issued, or personal check. § 540-A:6(I)(b)

Security Deposit

Maximum Amount – A landlord may charge a security deposit equal to one month’s rent or $100, whichever is greater. § 540-A:6(I)(a)

Returning to Tenant – The security deposit must be returned to the renter within 30 days of the lease end. § 540-A:7

Itemized List – If the security deposit is not returned to the tenant in full then a list must be provided itemizing each deduction. § 540-A:7

Receipt – A written security deposit receipt must be given to any renter unless they pay with a check. RSA 540-A:6(I)(b)

Interest – Any interest earned on the security deposit must be returned to the tenant. The interest amount must be equal to that of a regular bank in New Hampshire’s savings account, savings and loan association, or credit union. RSA 540-A:6(IV)(a)

Landlord Access

General Access – The landlord has a right to enter the rental property for a legitimate reason and if they give adequate notice. § 540-A:3(V)

Emergency Access – In an emergency, the landlord is permitted to enter the rental unit without giving the tenant notice. § 540-A:3(V-d)(a)

Paying Rent

Grace Period – Rent is due on the day agreed to in the lease agreement; therefore, there is no grace period if the tenant is late paying rent.

Maximum Late Fee – There is no maximum amount a landlord may charge their tenant for paying rent late; however, this must have been written in the original agreement.

Returned Checks (NSF) – No specific law outlines the amount a tenant may be charged if they write a bad check.

Withholding Rent – A tenant may withhold rent if their rental unit is in need of repair and the condition violates the standards of fitness for health. § 540:13-(I)

Reasons for Eviction (3)

Non-Payment of Rent – If a renter does not pay their rent on time, they may be given a 7-day notice to quit or pay. § 540:3(I)

Non-Compliance – If a renter does not comply with the terms of the agreement, they may be given a 30-day notice to quit or comply. For serious and severe violations, the landlord may serve a 7-day notice to quit or comply.  § 540:3(II)

Lockouts – A landlord does not have the right to lock out or change the locks on their renter. § 540-A:3(II)

Leaving Before the End Date – If the landlord suspects that their renter has abandoned the unit, they may post and serve a notice of abandonment, which gives the tenant 7 days’ notice before eviction. § 540-A:4(XII)