Housing Assistance Information For NH Renters and Landlords

September 17, 2020

Posted 7/2/20, updated 9/17/20

CDC Eviction Ban: what you need to know

Are you having difficulty in paying your rent and utilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Governor Sununu has set aside $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide housing assistance to New Hampshire renters and landlords.The moratorium on evictions was lifted July 1, 2020. Anyone, regardless of income level, whose ability to pay rent, mortgage, or utilities has been impacted by COVID-19, may apply through their local Community Action Program for:

  • A one-time grant of up to $2,500,
  • Ongoing assistance with housing expenses if a one-time grant is not sufficient, or
  • Assistance finding and maintaining permanent housing if leaving a shelter.

Who qualifies?
There is no income eligibility to receive assistance. Anyone who is struggling to pay for housing or utilities from April 1, 2020 onward can apply. This includes those who have seen changes in income or increased expenses, including additional healthcare costs or childcare costs.

A renter does not need to be currently in the eviction process in order to be eligible.

Governor Sununu has ordered eviction notices to be extended for 30 days, instead of the typical seven, for any eviction notices due to nonpayment between March 17 and June 11, 2020.

According to the Legal Aid Resource Center, a tenant will have the entire month to pay the rent. If they can pay the rent, plus a $15 liquidated damages fee, the landlord cannot proceed with an eviction. Any eviction notice served for unpaid rent that was due after June 11 (including the first of the month for July) falls under the 7-day eviction period.

How to apply for rent assistance
Visit CapNH.org to find your local Community Action Agency. More information about what you need to do to complete the application is available here.

For more information, view the Rent Relief Program flyer.

Other Resources
Call 2-1-1 for assistance
NH Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC)
Housing Action New Hampshire
Tenants Rights SeriesĀ  July 1 – September 24
CDC Declaration
CDC Eviction Ban: what you need to know