2010 New Hampshire Statutes
TITLE LV PROCEEDINGS IN SPECIAL CASES
CHAPTER 540-A PROHIBITED PRACTICES AND SECURITY DEPOSITS
Section 540-A:3 Certain Specific Acts Prohibited.


NH Rev Stat § 540-A:3 (1996 through Reg Sess) What's This?

540-A:3 Certain Specific Acts Prohibited. –
    I. No landlord shall willfully cause, directly or indirectly, the interruption or termination of any utility service being supplied to the tenant including, but not limited to water, heat, light, electricity, gas, telephone, sewerage, elevator or refrigeration, whether or not the utility service is under the control of the landlord, except for such temporary interruption as may be necessary while actual repairs are in process or during temporary emergencies.
    II. No landlord shall willfully seize, hold, or otherwise directly or indirectly deny a tenant access to and possession of such tenant's rented or leased premises, other than through proper judicial process.
    III. No landlord shall willfully seize, hold, or otherwise directly or indirectly deny a tenant access to and possession of such tenant's property, other than by proper judicial process.
    IV. No landlord shall willfully enter into the premises of the tenant without prior consent, other than to make emergency repairs.
    V. No tenant shall willfully refuse the landlord access to the premises to make necessary repairs, or to perform other reasonable and lawful functions commonly associated with the ownership of rental property, at a reasonable time after notice which is adequate under the circumstances.
    VI. No tenant shall willfully damage the property of the landlord.

[Paragraph VII effective until January 1, 2012; see also paragraph VII set out below.]


    VII. Other than residential real estate under RSA 540-B, a landlord shall maintain and exercise reasonable care in the storage of the personal property of a tenant who has vacated the premises, either voluntarily or by eviction, for a period of 28 days after the date upon which such tenant has vacated. During this period, the tenant shall be allowed to recover personal property without payment of rent or storage fees. After the 28-day limit has expired, such personal property may be disposed of by the landlord without notice to the tenant.

[Paragraph VII effective January 1, 2012; see also paragraph VII set out above.]


    VII. Other than residential real estate under RSA 540-B, a landlord shall maintain and exercise reasonable care in the storage of the personal property of a tenant who has vacated the premises, either voluntarily or by eviction, for a period of 7 days after the date upon which such tenant has vacated. During this period, the tenant shall be allowed to recover personal property without payment of rent or storage fees. After the 7-day limit has expired, such personal property may be disposed of by the landlord without notice to the tenant.

Source. 1979, 305:1. 1991, 373:2, eff. Jan. 1, 1992. 1998, 25:8. 2001, 277:2. 2003, 271:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004. 2011, 247:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012.

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