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

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

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

SENATE BILL 468-FN-A: AN ACT relative to fines and penalties collected by the department of environmental services.

SENATE BILL 454: AN ACT relative to ambient water quality standards and maximum contaminant levels for certain perflourinated chemicals.


PLANNING/ZONING/LAND USE

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

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 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 HB 1211: AN ACT relative to presite built housing.

SENATE BILL 464: AN ACT relative to the procedure for driveway permits.

SENATE BILL 557-FN: AN ACT establishing a board of housing development appeals.


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 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.

SENATE BILL 509: AN ACT allowing municipalities to require income and expense information of business properties for tax appraisals.

SENATE BILL 503: AN ACT relative to increasing the maximum amount of the optional veterans' tax credit.

SENATE BILL 301-FN: AN ACT temporarily reducing the real estate transfer tax for first-time home buyers.


BANKING/INSURANCE

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

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.

SENATE BILL 424: AN ACT relative to property and casualty insurance.

SENATE BILL 528-FN-LOCAL: AN ACT relative to dam registration fees and relative to permit fees for constructing or reconstructing a dam.


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 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 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.


MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

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

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

SENATE BILL 461: AN ACT relative to continuing education for real estate brokers and salespersons.

SENATE BILL 459: AN ACT relative to reciprocity for licensure as a real estate broker or salesperson.

SENATE BILL 531-FN: AN ACT relative to the office of professional licensure and certification.

“Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 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.”

 

Gerry O'Connell, 2018 President, New Hampshire REALTORS

“Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 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.”

 

Gerry O'Connell, 2018 President, New Hampshire REALTORS