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Alaska Sublease and Assignment Laws

The Alaska Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act recognizes the subleasing and assignment of rental property agreements under the following conditions:

Landlord Consent

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the tenant may not sublet the premises or assign the rental agreement to another without the landlord’s consent, which may be withheld only upon the grounds specified in the subsection Landlord Written Rejection.

Prospective Occupant Written Offer

When the rental agreement requires the landlord’s consent for sublease or assignment, the tenant may secure one or more persons who are willing to occupy the premises. Each prospective occupant shall make a written offer signed and delivered by the prospective occupant to the landlord, containing the following information on the prospective occupant:

  • Name, age, and present address;
  • Marital status;
  • Occupation, place of employment, and name and address of employer;
  • Number of all other persons who would normally reside with the prospective occupant;
  • Two credit references, or responsible persons who will confirm the financial responsibility of the prospective occupant; and
  • Names and addresses of all landlords of the prospective occupant during the prior three years.

Landlord Written Rejection

Within 14 days after the written offer has been delivered to the landlord, the landlord may refuse consent to a sublease or assignment by a written rejection signed and delivered by the landlord to the tenant, containing one or more of the following reasonable grounds for rejecting the prospective occupant:

  • Insufficient credit standing or financial responsibility;
  • Number of persons in the household;
  • Number of persons under 18 years of age in the household;
  • Unwillingness of the prospective occupant to assume the same terms as are included in the existing rental agreement;
  • Proposed maintenance of pets;
  • Proposed commercial activity; or
  • Written information signed by a previous landlord, which shall accompany the rejection, setting out abuses of other premises occupied by the prospective occupant.

Failure to Provide Reasonable Grounds

In the event the written rejection fails to contain one or more grounds permitted for rejecting the prospective occupant, the tenant may consider the landlord’s consent given, or at the tenant’s option may terminate the rental agreement by a written notice given without unnecessary delay to the landlord at least 30 days before the termination date specified in the notice.

Failure to Provide Written Rejection

If the landlord does not deliver a written rejection signed by the landlord to the tenant within 14 days after a written offer has been delivered to the landlord by the tenant, the landlord’s consent to the sublease or assignment shall be conclusively presumed.

Article 02. Section 34.03.060.

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