TITLE LV
PROCEEDINGS IN SPECIAL CASES

CHAPTER 540
ACTIONS AGAINST TENANTS

Section 540:5


See Emergency Order #4 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-12-Emerg. (2020, 2004:1.)) as modified by Emergency Order #24 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-12-Emerg. (2020, 2024:1.)) and terminated by Emergency Order #51 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-51-Emerg. (2020, 2051:1.)) effective July 1, 2020, issued pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-04 (2020, 1004:1.)) as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-05 (2020, 1005:1.)); 2020-08 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-08 (2020, 1008:1.)); 2020-09 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-09 (2020, 1009:1.)); 2020-010 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-010 (2020, 1010:1.)); 2020-014 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-014 (2020, 1014:1.)); 2020-015 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-015 (2020, 1015:1.)); 2020-016 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-016 (2020, 1016:1.)); 2020-017 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-017 (2020, 1017:1.)); 2020-018 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-018 (2020, 1018:1.)); 2020-020 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-020 (2020, 1020:1.)); 2020-021 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-021 (2020, 1021:1.)); 2020-022 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-022 (2020, 1022:1.)); 2020-023 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-023 (2020, 1023:1.)); 2020-024 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-024 (2020, 1024:1.)); 2020-025 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2020-025 (2020, 1025:1.)); 2021-01 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-01 (2021, 1001:1.)); 2021-02 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-02 (2021, 1002:1.)); 2021-04 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-04 (2021, 1004:1.)); 2021-05 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-05 (2021, 1005:1.)); 2021-06 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-06 (2021, 1006:1.)); 2021-08 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-08 (2021, 1008:1.)); and 2021-010 (NH LEGIS E.O. 2021-010 (2021, 1010:1.)), related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, for potential impact on the terms of this section. The state of emergency was allowed to expire on June 11, 2021. See also 2021, 91:301, eff. July 1, 2021, regarding application of Emergency Orders.
    540:5 Service of Demand and Eviction Notice. –
I. Any notice of a demand for rent or an eviction notice may be served by any person and may be served upon the tenant personally or left at his or her last and usual place of abode. In the case of commercial rental property, service of process may be made at such property provided that a copy of the demand for rent or eviction notice shall be sent by certified mail to the commercial tenant at his or her last known legal address or, for non-residents, by certified mail to the tenant's registered agent if there is a registered agent for the tenant duly registered with the New Hampshire secretary of state or, if there is no such registered agent, by certified mail to the tenant's last known legal address. Proof of service must be shown by a true and attested copy of the notice accompanied by an affidavit of service, but the affidavit need not be sworn under oath. A notice of a demand for rent shall be sufficient if served upon the tenant at any time after the rent becomes due and prior to or simultaneously with the service of an eviction notice.
II. The district court shall provide forms for a demand for rent and eviction notice in the district court clerks' offices and on the New Hampshire judicial branch website. Although a landlord shall not be required to use the forms, a valid demand for rent or eviction notice shall include the same information as is requested and provided on such forms.

Source. 1915, 37:1. PL 357:5. RL 413:5. RSA 540:5. 1979, 305:3. 1999, 6:2. 2006, 192:2, eff. Jan. 1, 2007. 2011, 208:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012. 2013, 87:1, eff. Aug. 19, 2013.