TITLE LV
PROCEEDINGS IN SPECIAL CASES

CHAPTER 540
ACTIONS AGAINST TENANTS

Section 540:9-a


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.
    540:9-a Payment by Voucher and Application of Rents Paid by a Municipality. –
I. Any rental payment or partial rental payment tendered by the tenant in the form of a written promise to pay on behalf of the tenant by the state, a county or a municipality of this state, or a payment by any organization which disburses federal or state funds, and any application by a municipality of amounts owed to it by a landlord pursuant to RSA 165:4-a, shall constitute payment by the tenant of the amount represented in the voucher, and of any amount applied by a municipality to delinquent balances of the landlord; provided, that this section shall not be construed to obligate a landlord to accept partial rental payments.
II. In any eviction based on non-payment of rent, it shall be an affirmative defense that:
(a) The tenant tendered timely payment pursuant to paragraph I, and such payment was refused; or
(b) The tenant could have tendered timely payment pursuant to paragraph I had the landlord provided ordinary and reasonable verification of rental information requested by the agency.

Source. 1988, 100:2. 1992, 184:3. 2000, 48:1. 2006, 192:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2007. 2007, 153:1, eff. Aug. 17, 2007. 2021, 152:2, Pt. I, Sec. 2, eff. July 23, 2021.