Bill Details - HB1490 (2018)

HB 1490 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2523

10/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1490

 

AN ACT relative to limits on money judgments in landlord-tenant cases.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Twombly, Hills. 34; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock. 5; Rep. M. MacKay, Hills. 30; Rep. Emerick, Rock. 21; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Ohm, Hills. 36; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the maximum amount which may be awarded as a money judgment in a landlord-tenant proceeding.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2523

10/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to limits on money judgments in landlord-tenant cases.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Actions Against Tenants; Money Judgments.  Amend RSA 540:13, III to read as follows:

III.  The writ of summons and the notice provided in paragraph II shall be returnable 7 days from the date of service of the writ by the sheriff.  The writ of summons shall provide an opportunity for the landlord, at the landlord's option, to make a claim for an award of unpaid rent.  If the landlord elects to make a claim for unpaid rent, the court shall consider any defense, claim, or counterclaim by the tenant which offsets or reduces the amount owed to the plaintiff.  If the court finds that the landlord is entitled to possession on the ground of nonpayment of rent, it shall also award the landlord a money judgment.  If the court determines that the amount owed by the landlord to the tenant, as a result of set-off or counterclaim exceeds or equals the amount of rent and other lawful charges owed by the tenant to the landlord, judgment in the possessory action shall be granted in favor of the tenant.  If the court finds that the tenant's counterclaim exceeds the amount of the nonpayment, a money judgment shall issue in favor of the tenant.  Any decision rendered by the court related to a money judgment, shall be limited to a maximum of [$1,500] $3,000 and shall not preclude either party from making a subsequent claim in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover any additional amounts not covered by the [$1,500] $3,000 judgment.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 12
Jan. 24, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/24/2018 02:00 PM LOB 208
Feb. 20, 2018 Executive Session: 02/20/2018 LOB 208
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/06/2018 (Vote 15-0; CC) HC 9 P. 26
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-0; CC)
March 6, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 47

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 20, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1490 Revision: 1891 Date: Nov. 6, 2017, 1:10 p.m.