COVID-19 Information for New Hampshire
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State and Local Affiliates
Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Shelter in Place
Governor Sununu announced Stay at Home 2.0 extending a modified shelter-in-place order until Sunday, May 31, 2020. Stay at Home 2.0 also includes a plan to gradually and safely restart New Hampshire’s economy. The plan establishes four dates of re-opening for certain businesses, the first of which begins Friday, May 1, 2020. All businesses that are open or may be re-opening must meet the health and safety standards established by Department of Public of Health Universal Guidance. Additionally, certain industries must meet industry-specific standards found here.
On Friday, May 29, 2020, Governor Sununu issued an Order extending New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order until Monday, June 15, 2020.
State of Emergency
Governor Chris Sununu declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020.
Action: Executive Order #4 implemented a moratorium on evictions until the state of emergency is lifted. Executive Order #24 modified Executive Order #4.
Scope: Applies to all eviction proceedings and foreclosures. Makes an exception for proceedings initiated against individuals for lease violations or criminal activity that result in either substantial damage to the premises by the individual or members of the individual’s household, substantial adverse impact on the health or safety of other residents, or proceedings initiated against an individual in cases of abandonment of the rental unit.
COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
No statewide emergency rental assistance for New Hampshire.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Leonard Girard & a. v. Town of Allenstown & a. No. 80-359.
New Hampshire does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.