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Legislature Updates Residential Landlord Tenant Act

HB 282 brings act up to date and applies best practices

Monday, April 21, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The 28th Alaska Legislature today passed legislation, by Representative Doug Isaacson, that updates Alaska’s Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act.

House Bill 282 updates the current act, which was last changed in the mid 90’s, to include new circumstances, technologies and laws. The bill incorporates changes to protect the tenant without being burdensome to landlords. Changes in the bill include:

  • Allow landlords to include a separate pet deposit
  • Add a suitable definition of “normal wear and tear”
  • Require landlords to maintain separate accounting of security deposits
  • Allow landlords up to 30-days to refund damage deposit
  • Require the tenant and landlord verify the condition of property upon possession
  • Define “service animals” versus “comfort animals” and pets
  • Permit rental of dry cabins
  • Allow landlords to restrict the number of persons in a dwelling
  • Allow eviction of tenants for illegal activities
  • Allow landlords to require tenants professionally clean carpets before departing
  • Permit landlords to garnish a tenant’s PFD for unpaid rent or damages

“Times have changed since the last time we changed the law; but the continued goal is to provide safe and affordable housing,” Isaacson, R-North Pole, said. “HB 282 provides clarity to issues raised by both the landlords and tenants.”

HB 282, which passed the House April 15, now goes to the Governor for signature.

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