In Alaska, most of the laws governing residential rental property are found within Alaska consumer laws sections 34.03.010-34.03.360, known as the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The laws contained within this Act have been explained below.
There are certain landlord-tenant arrangements that are not governed by the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. See Alaska Landlord-Tenant Relationship Exclusions.
Terms and Conditions of Rental Agreement
The state of Alaska allows landlords to use lawful clauses and conditions in a rental agreement and stipulates what to do when there is no rental agreement, especially regarding paying rent and how long the tenancy will be recognized under the law. See Alaska Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions.
Effect of Unsigned or Undelivered Rental Agreement
Learn what happens to a rental agreement when a landlord or tenant fails to sign and/or return it to the other party involved in the transaction. See Alaska Unsigned or Undelivered Rental Agreement.
Prohibited Provisions in Rental Agreements
The state of Alaska prohibits the use of certain provisions in rental agreements. Find out which ones are not enforceable under the law. See Alaska Rental Agreement Prohibited Provisions.
Sublease and Assignment
The ability for a tenant to sublet a rental property assign his or her obligations of a rental agreement to another tenant is subject to the landlord’s permission and the laws of Alaska. See Alaska Sublease and Assignment Laws.
Security Deposits and Prepaid Rent
A landlord in Alaska has specific obligations under the law with regard to collecting and returning a tenant’s security deposit. See Alaska Security Deposits and Prepaid Rent.
The state of Alaska requires a landlord to make certain disclosures either before or at the time a rental property agreement is being offered to a tenant. See Alaska Landlord Disclosures.
Landlord to Maintain Fit Premises
Landlords have several responsibilities under the law to ensure a rental property is maintained in a manner that provides the tenant with safe, healthy, and habitable living conditions. See Alaska Landlord Responsibility to Maintain Premises.
Tenants have several responsibilities under the law which include maintaining a clean, safe, and nuisance free living environment as well as not engaging in illegal activity on the premises. See Alaska Tenant Obligations.
Landlord Rules and Regulations
The state of Alaska allows landlords to impose their own set of rules and regulations on a tenant as long as they are lawful. See Alaska Landlord Rules and Regulations.
Access to Dwelling Unit
Landlords are entitled to enter into their rental property as long as the reason and access is lawful. See Alaska Landlord Right to Enter.
Landlord and Tenant Abuse of Access Remedies
The state of Alaska provides remedies for landlords and tenants when either of them fail to abide by the laws governing the right to enter a rental property. See Alaska Landlord and Tenant Abuse of Property Access.
Tenant to Use and Occupy
Unless otherwise agreed, the state of Alaska sets forth basic requirements concerning the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit. See Alaska Tenant Use and Occupancy.
- Alaska Landlord Noncompliance: Tenants have certain rights in Alaska when a landlord generally violates the terms and conditions of a rental agreement or fails to obey landlord-tenant laws.
- Alaska Landlord Failure to Deliver Possession: If a landlord fails to provide the keys to a rental property, a tenant has the right to take action against the landlord.
- Alaska Landlord Failure to Provide Essential Services: If at anytime during tenancy, the dwelling unit does not have basic essential services such as running water or heat, a tenant has a right to take action under the law.
- Alaska Landlord Noncompliance as Defense Against Eviction: A tenant may use a landlord’s noncompliance with a rental agreement or the laws of Alaska as a reason for nonpayment of rent.
- Alaska Tenant Remedies for Fire or Casualty Damage: If a rental property suffers significant damage, tenants have the right to take immediate action under the law.
- Alaska Unlawful Removal of Tenant: The law provides remedies for a tenant that is subjected to a landlord’s attempt to illegally remove or exclude him or her from the premises.
- Alaska Tenant Noncompliance and Failure to Pay Rent: A landlord has the right to take action against a tenant who violates the terms and conditions of a rental agreement or performs illegal acts on the premises.
- Alaska Mobile Home Park Eviction Limitations: The state of Alaska limits the reasons for evicting a mobile home or mobile home park tenant.
- Alaska Tenant Absence, Nonuse, and Abandonment: If a tenant leaves a rental property for an extended period of time, the landlord is allowed a few remedies under the law.
- Alaska Landlord Waiver of Right to Terminate: Despite the existence of a rental agreement, learn how a landlord’s action (or inaction) can limit his or her own ability to terminate tenancy.
- Alaska Tenant Abandoned Personal Property: A landlord has certain rights and responsibilities when a tenant’s personal belongings have been left behind after tenancy terminates.
Periodic Tenancy and Holdover
Short-term tenancies and tenants that holdover at the end of the lease term must be terminated in accordance with the laws of Alaska. See Alaska Periodic Tenancy and Holdover Laws.
Landlord Retaliation Prohibited
A landlord is not allowed to take any action against a tenant (e.g., raising rent, decreasing services, threatening eviction) unless the act itself and the reason for doing so is lawful. See Alaska Landlord Retaliation Prohibited.
Mediation and Binding Arbitration
The use of alternate legal forums to resolve landlord-tenant disputes are contingent upon the laws of Alaska. See Alaska Landlord-Tenant Mediation and Arbitration.