Not many states in our country take pride in having their local boards regulating, and enforcing, municipal-specific issues. This includes local land use issues. In our state, we have the motto, “Live Free or Die”. Our state government prefers when localities take charge of issues affecting their homeowners. This is why New Hampshire has numerous laws that help create local … Read the rest
A living trust is a legal document. It is slightly different than a will because it establishes a trust for any of the assets you have that you wish to have transferred into it. Many people choose to create a living trust, so the transfer of their assets is overseen by a trusted person after their death. You may have … Read the rest
New Hampshire is one of the few states that does not have a general sales tax. It is one of the many “New Hampshire Advantages” you will see when you live in this beautiful area of the country. Collecting sales tax on internet sales has been a major issue for years. And the insistence of collecting that sales tax only … Read the rest
The state of New Hampshire still has lots of open green spaces, which means there is still quite a bit of land available for use. While these open spaces are beautiful, a few people would love to construct different buildings on them. Then there are others who want to expand on the land they already own. During all of these … Read the rest
New Hampshire has a new law on the books, and it states that most private roads must have a maintenance agreement. We understand why having an agreement is important. However, an agreement can still create problems. Therefore, we recommend creating an association to ensure there is an extra layer of protection for every person involved.
When you create an association, … Read the rest
Cloud-based computing complete with remote data storage has become quite popular over the years. Businesses have instant access to their information, no matter where their location is, and they can easily collaborate with others. Most of the time this process works seamlessly. Until it doesn’t and the cloud computing host loses data, whether sensitive or not. When this happens, a … Read the rest
Rezoning property, so it meets commercial zoning district guidelines is quite the process. First, the property must be deemed suitable for commercial use. But then the site planning process begins. Site planning considers the layout of any structures, site access, and even parking areas. Some of the time, site planning is combined with the approval of combining multiple existing lots … Read the rest
As a parent, you have spent the last couple of months celebrating your child’s graduation from high school. There won’t be any more early wake up alarms for you, because your child is heading off to college. They are now an “adult”, the person who knows it all, and you can finally sit back and relax knowing you’ve done your … Read the rest
The New Hampshire Housing Appeals Board (“HAB”) issued its first decision in May 2021, Shattuck v. Francestown (May 7, 2021). The decision is a “win” for property owners. It adds much-needed clarity to the approach planning boards should take when considering subdivision applications.
The HAB’s decision comes down to the following two sentences: “[T]o deny a property owner’s subdivision request … Read the rest
In the state of New Hampshire, you are never required to share your financial statements with your municipality. At least not in the context of real estate tax assessments.
However, we have seen some municipalities in the state request both income and expense information from at least a few commercial landlords. Those owners did not question whether or not … Read the rest
Extraordinary assumptions are something that every real estate appraiser needs to consider whether they should make them on every assignment. And honestly, you will see many real estate appraisers using extraordinary assumptions more often than not. The reason for this is most real estate tax abatement cases require the testimony of two appraisers. One appraiser works for the taxing authority, … Read the rest
When people think about estate planning, they consider their bank accounts and homes. And depending on the value of the home and bank accounts, some people do not even give those much thoughts. But did you know that there is so much more to estate planning? Any other personal property you own like cars, books, and clothing will also be … Read the rest
In the state of New Hampshire, a bill has continuously been introduced to require residential real estate owners to contribute towards the maintenance of a private road. Every year this bill was introduced, it failed. That is, until August of 2019 when it finally passed.
Prior to the passage of this bill, realtors spent hours sharing their reasons as to … Read the rest
Airbnb options are growing in popularity even more lately with what has been happening the last year. And to think they were quite popular to begin with! If you are unaware of Airbnb or VRBO, they are short-term rentals that owners place on the internet. Property owners, and sometimes even tenants, can directly lease, or rent, their property to a … Read the rest
For years, NH property owners have had to defend their properties against overreaching local governments. There is a law in place in New Hampshire from 2006 that states no land can be taken from a property owner to be given for the purpose of private use or development. However, even that law was not enough to prevent a ruling to … Read the rest
Every piece of property has a deed and it is the most important piece of paperwork you will ever have on hand. Once you have been given that deed, you have proof that you own the land, house, and everything else on the specified property.
Despite knowing you own everything, do you have any idea what is included within the … Read the rest
Have you ever used an easement without realizing it? Even if you say no, most likely you have! Typically, many people use easements, because they are there. And while it is almost always legal, there are times when it actually isn’t.
There are a couple types of easements, but the looks of those easements don’t always appear the same. Sometimes, … Read the rest
There is now a New Hampshire Housing Appeals board in the state. This board has three members who have experience in housing development, as well as land use. One of the members must be either a land surveyor or professional engineer, while another must be a lawyer. Each board member is appointed by the state’s Supreme Court and serves a … Read the rest
As a homeowner, are you aware there are two types of easements in NH? Most people are not, which is why it is important to know what type of easement you have on the property you are living on.
If you are unsure what an easement is, let me explain it to you. An easement is the legal right to … Read the rest
Planning boards can be found in most of the municipalities in the state of New Hampshire. While you may have heard of a planning board, you may not know much about them. Well, the first thing you must know is they are regulated. Their powers are also strictly defined.
Authorities of Planning Boards
Every local ordinance has created what is … Read the rest
As a business in New Hampshire, if you have qualifying research and manufacturing expenditures, you are allowed to file for the New Hampshire Research and Development Tax Credit. The credit you receive will be based upon the amount you paid people in your company, as they worked on “discovering information which constitutes qualified research and development of a new or … Read the rest
Being a landlord is difficult enough. When you have a tenant who won’t pay their rent for a commercial lease, what are you supposed to do? Some landlords would do everything they could to terminate the lease, while others would instantly take the tenant to court.
However, what happens if you have an excellent tenant who has been struck by … Read the rest
Summer months in New Hampshire mean long nights out by bonfires, either while camping or simply out in your backyard. On those really nice nights, or around the holidays, locals love to set off fireworks safely. If you love to set off fireworks, do you know which ones are legal in New Hampshire?
Back in May of 2018, the state … Read the rest
Have you ever checked out your property tax card for any land you currently own? Every parcel of land in New Hampshire has one of these cards. Or at least they used to. The form of the tax card has changed over the years, thanks to technology.
Years ago, you could head to the Assessor’s Office in your town or … Read the rest
Private roads are nice to have, because they often have very little traffic. Plus, they can help you reach your property easier. However, a private road can be an inconvenience at times, especially when it comes to the maintenance of the road. So many people believe it is up to the town, city, or state to do road maintenance. However, … Read the rest