Under New Hampshire law, landlords must have “good cause” to evict a tenant. The expiration of the lease does not meet that standard according to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. A bill to change that was tabled in the Senate last month.
Debbie Fuente, president of New Hampshire Property Owners Association, contends there should be an easier way to end the relationship between a landlord and tenant. She supported House Bill 1263, which would have added the expiration of a lease to the list of legal reasons property owners could terminate a tenancy.
Passed in 1985, RSA 540:2 sets out those legal grounds, including failure to pay rent, substantial damage, behavior that adversely affects health or safety and failure to comply with a “material term of the lease.” Someone also can be evicted if he or she refuses to pay higher rent or for “other good cause,” including “any legitimate business or economic reason.”
Otherwise, when a lease ends, the tenant can stay on under existing law.
Fuente said changing the law makes “common sense.” She blames a 2005 ruling by the Supreme Court for making it too difficult for landlords.
As pointed out in this article, many landlords don’t understand the legal process well enough to succeed in an eviction. The Lawyer Referral Service of the New Hampshire Bar Association can help with a referral to an attorney who specifically represents landlords. Don’t let your case get tossed because of a technical error. Call 603-229-0002 or request an online referral.