Public Policy Documents

Public Policy Documents

NEW LAWS AND YOUR BUSINESS

Following each session at the State House, the NHAR Government Affairs team releases a compilation of new laws and regulations which could have an affect on your real estate business. Each is available for free, and can be found below. If you have any questions related to the publication, please , by email or by calling 603-225-5549.

The 2017 New State Laws and Regulations can be found by clicking here. For past issues, click on the year below.

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LEGISLATION OF INTEREST 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL

HOUSE BILL 1737-FN-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to the permissible level of methyl tertiary butyl ether in drinking water

HOUSE BILL 1727-FN: AN ACT relative to monitoring perflourinated chemicals in public water supplies

HOUSE BILL 1689-FN: AN ACT repealing the repeal of the pollution prevention program of the department of environmental services

HOUSE BILL 1662-LOCAL: AN ACT requiring radon air testing on all new residential construction

HOUSE BILL 1618: AN ACT relative to ambient water quality standards and maximum contaminant levels for perfluorinated chemicals

HOUSE BILL 1610: AN ACT requiring sellers of real property to disclose certain information concerning environmental hazards

HOUSE BILL 1592: AN ACT requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water

HOUSE BILL 1590: AN ACT relative to standards for perfluorinated chemicals in surface water.

HOUSE BILL 1101: AN ACT regulating groundwater pollution caused by polluting emissions in the air.

HOUSE BILL 1797-FN-A: AN ACT adding a 50 percent charge to all amounts assessed to persons liable for costs of containment, cleanup, and remediation of water, air and soil pollution.

SENATE BILL 330: AN ACT requiring the department of environmental services to give certain persons time to cure violations before imposing a penalty.


PLANNING/ZONING/LAND USE

HOUSE BILL 1673-FN-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to the interest charged on late and delinquent property tax payments

HOUSE BILL 1655-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to fines for violations of town or city code violations.

HOUSE BILL 1635: AN ACT allowing a license for short-term rentals

HOUSE BILL 1634: AN ACT regulating disorderly houses

HOUSE BILL 1616: AN ACT requiring legislative approval for regional planning commissions to accept money from governmental sources other than the state of New Hampshire or its political subdivisions

HOUSE BILL 1585: AN ACT requiring conservation commissions to keep a natural resources inventory.

HOUSE BILL 1533: AN ACT relative to expiration of variances and special exceptions

HOUSE BILL 1463: AN ACT relative to requirements for noise ordinances in towns.

HOUSE BILL 1436: This bill requires all septic systems within the protected shoreland to meet all rules of the department of environmental services for sewage system design.

HOUSE BILL 1255: AN ACT relative to the state fire code.

HOUSE BILL 1254: AN ACT establishing a committee to study the procedures for adoption of national codes by the state of New Hampshire.

HOUSE BILL HB 1215: AN ACT relative to voting on variances.

HOUSE BILL HB 1211: AN ACT relative to presite built housing.

SENATE BILL 339: AN ACT relative to voting by zoning boards of adjustment.


TAXATION

HOUSE BILL 1728-FN-LOCAL: AN ACT removing the homestead exemption

HOUSE BILL 1710-FN-A: AN ACT relative to the provision allowing operators to retain a portion of meals and rooms taxes collected and the appropriation of meals and rooms tax revenues to school building aid

HOUSE BILL 1679-FN: AN ACT relative to the real estate transfer tax to be paid on certain acquisitions of business entities

HOUSE BILL 1630: AN ACT relative to unfunded property tax exemptions or credits

HOUSE BILL 1563-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to taxation of solar energy systems

HOUSE BILL 1548-FN: AN ACT relative to meals and rooms taxes applicable to room remarketers.

HOUSE BILL 1512-FN-A: AN ACT relative to taxes applicable to certain transfers of real property

HOUSE BILL 1478-FN-A: AN ACT reducing the rate on the tax on transfer of real property.

HOUSE BILL 1317-FN-A: AN ACT exempting occupancies over 30 days from the rooms and meals tax.

HOUSE BILL HB 1216: AN ACT relative to liability for deferred property taxes.

HOUSE BILL HB 1210: AN ACT establishing a committee to study the effect of current use taxation on small and rural municipalities.

SENATE BILL 405: AN ACT enabling municipalities to adopt a separate exemption against the statewide property tax for certain long-term residents.


BANKING/INSURANCE

HOUSE BILL 1682-FN: AN ACT relative to procedures for foreclosure.

HOUSE BILL 1607: AN ACT relative to the appointment of a receiver for properties which are a threat to health and safety

HOUSE BILL 1602: AN ACT establishing an assurance deed and procedures therefor.

HOUSE BILL 1576: AN ACT creating managed asset trusts for real property

HOUSE BILL 1359: AN ACT requiring condominium boards of directors to provide notice of FHA approval status.

HOUSE BILL 1202-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to town revolving funds for group net metering.

SENATE BILL 240-FN-LOCAL (Retained from 2017 -Amended): AN ACT relative to the monitoring and treatment of contaminated wells.


HOUSING

HOUSE BILL 1715-FN: AN ACT relative to arbitrary and unreasonable rent increases in manufactured housing parks.

HOUSE BILL 1645: AN ACT relative to forwarding addresses of tenants in landlord tenant actions

HOUSE BILL 1609: AN ACT establishing a local option for an additional surcharge on occupancy under the meals and rooms tax

HOUSE BILL 1601: AN ACT relative to a declarant's options for condominium expansion

HOUSE BILL 1588: AN ACT relative to meetings of the board of directors and committees of the condominium association

HOUSE BILL 1522: AN ACT relative to the fiduciary duty of members of condominium boards of directors

HOUSE BILL 1519: AN ACT requiring retention of ballots by a condominium association.

HOUSE BILL 1490: AN ACT relative to limits on money judgments in landlord-tenant cases.

HOUSE BILL 1485: AN ACT relative to security deposits.

HOUSE BILL 1466: AN ACT relative to quorum requirements under the condominium act.

HOUSE BILL 1438: AN ACT relative to residential leases including provisions prohibiting tenants from possessing firearms, explosives, or ammunition within the premises.

HOUSE BILL 1279: AN ACT allowing additional charges under a lease to be included in a demand for rent.

HOUSE BILL HB 1226: AN ACT relative to restricting the watering of lawns through the use of private wells.

HOUSE BILL 1781: AN ACT relative to condominiums with 10 or fewer residential units.


MISCELLANEOUS

HOUSE BILL 1704: AN ACT requiring court costs and attorneys fees to be paid to the prevailing party

HOUSE BILL 1685-FN: AN ACT establishing a statutory commission for oversight over occupational regulation

HOUSE BILL 1648: AN ACT relative to review by the joint legislative committee on administrative rules.

HOUSE BILL 1627-FN: AN ACT prohibiting the transmission of images or sounds of another person who is on private property or to conduct surveillance activity

HOUSE BILL 1591: AN ACT relative to a private right of action for toxin exposure

HOUSE BILL 1472: AN ACT relative to the state building code provisions for energy conservation in new building construction

HOUSE BILL 1371: AN ACT repealing certain exemptions from permitting requirements for temporary seasonal docks

HOUSE BILL 1251: AN ACT relative to indicia for payment of taxes on the transfer of real property.

HOUSE BILL HB 1212: AN ACT establishing a local option for commercial buildings with environmental liability that are delinquent on property taxes.

HOUSE BILL 1759-FN: AN ACT regulating the use of drones.

HOUSE BILL 1810: AN ACT establishing a commission to study the effectiveness of the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public water waays and the construction or placement of structures within them.

HOUSE BILL 1818-FN: AN ACT relative to penalties for certain occupational licensing violations.

SENATE BILL 314: AN ACT relative to licensure requirements for nondepository mortgage bankers, brokers, and servicers.

SENATE BILL 247-FN-A (RETAINED FROM 2017 – Amended): AN ACT preventing childhood lead poisoning from paint and water and making an appropriation to a special fund.

“Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of Realtors has played witness in its 85-plus years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs.”

 

Rachel Eames, 2017 President New Hampshire Realtors

“Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of Realtors has played witness in its 85-plus years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs.”

 

Rachel Eames, 2017 President New Hampshire Realtors