HB1247 (2020) Detail

Relative to notice of rent increases in certain residential rental property.


HB 1247 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2523

10/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1247

 

AN ACT relative to notice of rent increases in certain residential rental property.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Griffith, Hills. 18; Rep. Telerski, Hills. 35; Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Vincent, Straf. 17; Rep. Wazir, Merr. 17; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires notice by a landlord of at least 90 days of a proposed rent increase which exceeds 5 percent.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2523

10/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to notice of rent increases in certain residential rental property.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Actions Against Tenants; Notice of Rent Increases.  Amend RSA 540 by inserting after section 2 the following new section:

540:2-a  Notice of Rent Increase.

I.  The provisions of this section shall apply to all residential rental property except:

(a)  Nonrestricted property, as defined in RSA 540:1-a, I.

(b)  Rental units in properties in buildings or apartment complexes containing a total of 4r or fewer dwelling units, provided that such property is owned by a living person or persons.

(c)  Occupancies described in RSA 540:1-a, IV.

(d)  Shared facilities as defined in RSA 540-B:1.

(e)  Vacation or recreational rental units as defined in RSA 540-C:1.

II.  Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 540:2, IV, or any other provision of law:

(a)  No increase in a tenant’s rent which exceeds 5 per cent of the tenant’s current rent shall be effective and enforceable unless the tenant has been served with no less than 90 days prior written notice of the amount and effective date of the rent increase.  Such notice shall be served in accordance with the provisions of RSA 540:5.

(b)  If a landlord issues more than one notice of rent increase within a 90 period, the combined total of which exceeds 5 per cent of the rent that was in effect when the first notice was served, the amount of the rent increase which exceeds 5 per cent of the rent that was in effect at the time of the first notice of rent increase, shall not become effective until 90 days from the date of the most recent notice of rent increase.

(c)  No person who acquires ownership of residential rental property subject to this section shall increase a tenant’s rent above the rent that was in effect 3 months prior to the date that such person took title to the property, without providing the tenant with 6 months prior written notice of the amount and effective date of the increase.  Six months after the transfer of title, any rent increase that the owner implements shall be subject to the requirements of subparagraphs (a) and (b).

(d)  Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to permit a landlord to increase a tenant’s rent during the term of a lease for a fixed term, unless said lease expressly authorizes such an increase.

(e)  The provisions of RSA 540:2-a shall apply to any rent increase that becomes effective upon or after the expiration of the lease, provided however that the landlord may provide the notice of rent increase required by this paragraph during the term of the lease.

(f)  This paragraph shall not be construed to limit, in any way, the amount of a rent increase that is implemented in accordance with the notice requirements set forth herein.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1247 at GenCourtMobile
HB1247 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 14, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 18, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1247 Revision: 6897 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 15
Jan. 14, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/14/2020 11:00 am LOB 208
Jan. 30, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/30/2020 01:00 pm LOB 208
Feb. 18, 2020 Executive Session: 02/18/2020 01:00 pm LOB 208
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0687h (Vote 12-7; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate