Moving to New Hampshire?

New Hampshire has consistently been ranked one of the best states to live in and has experienced a huge surge in population over the past two decades.

It should come as no surprise that houses for rent in New Hampshire can move quickly or that new subdivisions are being built in many towns. Even in this real estate market, the demand for condos, townhomes, and single-family rentals has remained high.


Why Move To New Hampshire?

There are many reasons to move to New Hampshire, but the most common answers have to do with the quality of life and dependent spirit of the state. Another reason is because it makes economic sense to live in New Hampshire right now. It is one of the only states in the nation with no sales tax and no personal income tax. Many people from Massachusetts drive to New Hampshire to shop just to avoid these taxes and a large portion of people moving into New Hampshire come from the Boston area.

Property taxes are sometimes a bit higher than in other areas, the savings make up for that and, if you rent, the landlord covers that cost anyway. New Hampshire also ranks as a state that is friendly to business, keeping unemployment rates lower than the national average and job creation high.

The overall quality of living in New Hampshire is usually rated very well. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, the best-rated health care system, and is ranked as both one of the healthiest states to live in and to raise a child in. The dropout and teen pregnancy rates are low and high school test scores and acceptance to college rank high. Most cities in New Hampshire come with the benefits of living in a rural area, but without the standoffish attitude towards newcomers because over half the state’s residents are originally from other places.

Advice on Moving

As in other cold-weather states, it’s best to avoid moving in winter if you can. Not only does it make it much harder to adjust to the climate, but it makes driving and unloading a moving truck or trailed much more difficult. You’ll want to become familiar with the roads during better driving conditions. Speaking of roads, some of them in rural parts of the state or still dirt and may or may not be marked, so you will need a good map and maybe a helpful local to show you around if you live on one of these.

Landlord-Tenant Laws

New Hampshire’s law governing rentals and actions by the landlord against the tenant is sometimes referred to as “Chapter 540”, because of the section of the law where it is found. The DOJ provides a good summary of this law online. It’s similar to most other state landlord-tenant laws, but one thing to keep in mind is that the landlord can terminate a lease early if it suits a “good business purpose”, even when the tenant has not broken the lease. This should only happen on rare occasions, but the law does allow for it.

Renter’s Resources

“Chapter 540” Landlord-Tenant Law

Consumer Sourcebook – Renting, Security Deposits, & Evictions