Bill Details - HB336 (2019)

HB 336 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0624

10/08

 

HOUSE BILL 336

 

AN ACT relative to requiring the current address of a defendant in a landlord tenant or small claims case.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Janigian, Rock. 8; Rep. Chirichiello, Rock. 6; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. D. Thomas, Rock. 5

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires a tenant to keep an address on file with the court following a judgment for the landlord for possession or damages.  The bill also adds the requirement that a defendant in a small claims case keep a current address on file with the court.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0624

10/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to requiring the current address of a defendant in a landlord tenant or small claims case.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Actions Against Tenants; Writ of Summons; Address.  Amend RSA 540:13 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

III-a.  After service of the writ by the sheriff, the tenant shall provide the court with the address where the tenant is currently residing, and mailing address if different.  A tenant who files a false address or who fails to maintain the address where the tenant is currently residing and mailing address, if different, shall be subject to the penalty for violation of a court order.  This obligation shall continue until 180 days after the date of judgment under RSA 540:14, or until any money judgment against the tenant is paid in full, whichever is later.

2  New Paragraph; Actions Against Tenants; Judgment; Address.  Amend RSA 540:14 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

III-a.  In the event of a judgment for the plaintiff, either for possession or for a money judgment, the tenant shall provide the court with the address where the tenant is currently residing for a period of 180 days from the date of the judgment for possession or until any ordered monetary judgment is paid in full, whichever is later.  The tenant shall provide a copy of such notice to the plaintiff.  A tenant who fails to maintain a current address as required by this paragraph, or who provides a false address, shall be guilty of a violation of a court order.

3  New Section; Small Claims; Post-judgment Current Address.  Amend RSA 503 by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

503:8-a  Post-judgment Current Address.  In the event of a judgment for the plaintiff, the defendant shall provide the court with the address where the defendant is currently residing until any ordered monetary judgment is paid in full.  The defendant shall provide a copy of such notice to the plaintiff.  A defendant who fails to maintain a current address as required by this section, or who provides a false address, shall be guilty of a violation of a court order.

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

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Judiciary HJ 2 P. 46
Jan. 10, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/10/2019 11:00 am LOB208
Jan. 15, 2019 Executive Session: 01/15/2019 01:00 pm LOB208
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-5; RC)
Jan. 31, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/31/2019 (Vote 15-5; RC) HC 9 P. 8
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Jan. 31, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 01/31/2019 HJ 4 P. 15

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 10, 2019 House Hearing
Jan. 15, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Jan. 31, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB336 Revision: 4556 Date: Dec. 31, 2018, 12:35 p.m.