Leases are legally binding contracts that outline the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved, primarily the landlord and tenant. Ideally, the lease (or rental agreement) protects the interests of each party in a way that creates a relatively level playing field. State laws regulate rental agreements, typically with limits on how much deposit a landlord may charge, when deposits are due, and other elements of a lease. State (and federal) housing laws also prohibit discrimination against current or prospective tenants.
Alaska Lease and Rental Agreement Laws at a Glance
The following table provides details about Alaska's lease and rental agreement laws. See FindLaw's Rental and Lease Agreements section for more articles.
|Code Section||18.80.210; 34.03.020, 070, 290|
|Terms of Leases||Unless otherwise agreed, rent is payable monthly and shall be term of month-to-month|
|Prohibited Rental Agreement Provisions||A rental agreement may not provide that the tenant or landlord:
|Deposits||Limit of 2 months rent (unless rent exceeds $2,000/month), interest on deposit not required; deposit must be returned within 14 days of termination if terminate under §§34.03.290, otherwise 30 days|
|Discrimination||No discrimination on basis of sex, physical/mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, race, religion, color, national origin|
|Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act Adopted?||Yes|
Note: State laws often change, usually through the enactment of newly signed legislation but sometimes through the decisions of higher courts or other means. You may want to contact an Alaska tenant-landlord law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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