New Hampshire Security Deposit Demand Letter

Updated April 07, 2022

A New Hampshire security deposit demand letter is a letter sent by a tenant to a landlord if the landlord has not refunded the tenant’s security deposit within thirty (30) days after the tenancy is terminated. New Hampshire landlords are allowed to make deductions from the deposit if the tenant has unpaid rent, unpaid real estate taxes (if required in the lease), or if they caused damage to the dwelling or premises beyond normal wear and tear. Tenants that do not receive their security deposit, minus any deductions, within the designated period are eligible to sue the landlord for twice the deposit amount. However, in order to receive double the security deposit, the landlord must receive the demand letter within a reasonable amount of time (generally regarded as thirty (30) days after the tenant vacates).

Laws – RSA 540-A:7