New Hampshire Standard Residential Lease Agreement – PDF – Word
The New Hampshire residential lease agreement is a standard twelve (12) month arrangement wherein a renter (lessee) pays monthly payments to the landlord (lessor) in exchange for occupying the premises. In addition to payment, both parties must abide by the terms and conditions of the contract or either side may be able to claim the lease is broken. If this should happen, one side may go after the other for damages. The landlord should always collect the credit information of any potential tenant before authorizing an agreement. This will lessen the chance of a future eviction for the most common way a lease is broken which is non-payment of rent.
Security Deposit Laws
Maximum Amount – Cannot exceed one (1) month’s rent or one hundred dollars ($100), whichever is greater (RSA 540-A:6).
Returning – The deposit must be returned to the tenant within thirty (30) days of the termination of the lease unless the property was shared between the tenant and the landlord in which case the deposit must be returned within twenty (20) days (RSA 540-A:7).
Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – If the property was constructed before the year 1978, a lead-based paint disclosure form must be included.
Move-in Checklist – The landlord must provide the tenant with a list of all repairs required on the property (RSA 540-A:6).
Security Deposit Receipt – The landlord must also provide a security deposit receipt indicating into what bank account the money will be deposited and held (RSA 540-A:6).
Rent Grace Period
There are no statutes which dictate grace periods in New Hampshire, nor are there any that dictate a late fee for unpaid rent. Both parties, the tenant and landlord, must adhere to the provisions laid out in the lease agreement.