If you’re a landlord seeking to evict a tenant, use an Alaska (AK) eviction notice to begin the process. Your eviction notice must be written according to Alaska state law, and give your tenant the legally required amount of time to respond or move out.
In Alaska, eviction lawsuits are governed by Title 34, Chapter 3, Article 6 of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
Eviction notices in Alaska are also known as:
- Alaska Notice to Quit
- Alaska Notice to Vacate
- Alaska Lease Termination
- Alaska Termination of Tenancy for Non-Payment of Rent
Alaska Eviction Notices by Type
Download a free eviction notice customized for Alaska state law below in MS Word (.docx) or Adobe PDF format.
30-Day Lease Termination: Use this notice to let a tenant know that you’re ending a month-to-month lease, and that they must prepare to leave your property. In Alaska, landlords must give tenants 30 days’ notice to move out if they’re on a month-to-month lease.
24-Hour Notice to Quit for Non-Compliance: Use this notice to begin evicting a tenant if they’ve deliberately damaged the rental property or broken the terms of your lease. In Alaska, landlords must give tenants 24 hours’ notice before the eviction process can proceed in court. In that time, tenants may have the option to fix (or “cure”) the problem. If the tenant has been given the option to cure and fails to do so within one day, they must move out.
10-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Compliance: Use this notice to begin evicting a tenant if they’ve broken the terms of your lease. In Alaska, landlords must give tenants 10 days’ notice before the eviction process can proceed in court. In that time, tenants may have the option to fix (or “cure”) the problem.
7-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit: Use this notice to begin evicting a tenant if they haven’t paid rent on time. In Alaska, landlords must give tenants seven days to pay rent before the eviction process can proceed in court.
If you wish to send a letter simply reminding your tenant that rent is late (without threat of eviction), use a late rent notice.
Alaska Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: Alaska Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act
- Grace Period for Rent Payment: No grace period exists under state law.
- Non-Payment of Rent Notice: 7 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(b))
- Notice of Non-Compliance with Lease Terms: 10 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(a)(2))
- Deliberate Property Damage Notice: 24 hours (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(a)(1))
- Lease Termination (Month-to-Month): 30 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.290)
What is the Eviction Process in Alaska?
Step 1: Send an eviction notice
An Alaska eviction notice must inform the tenant that their rent payment is overdue (or if the notice is being sent for non-compliance with the lease, what specific provisions were violated). The notice must also let the tenant know what, if anything, they can do to correct this violation (such as immediate rent payment plus a late fee). The notice will also indicate that if the rent remains unpaid, the landlord will pursue eviction.
Step 2: File an eviction complaint
If the tenant fails to respond to the notice, the landlord may file an eviction action (known as a Forcible Entry and Detainer) with the circuit or superior court in the county where the rental property is located. The filing fee for an Alaska eviction lawsuit is $150.
Step 3: Gather evidence and attend the hearing
After the tenant has an opportunity to file an answer to the eviction complaint, the court will schedule a hearing. In the meantime, a landlord can put together documents, testimony, and any other evidence that will help support the eviction request.
Step 4: Obtain and enforce the court’s decision
If the court determines the evidence supports eviction, it will enter an eviction judgment in the landlord’s favor. If the evidence doesn’t support eviction, the court may order the case dismissed or enter judgment in the tenant’s favor. The eviction order will generally provide the tenant with a certain amount of time to vacate the residence.
The order will also set the issue of damages for a future hearing, as the landlord is unlikely to know how much the tenant will owe in back rent, fees, and other costs until the unit is empty and can be inspected.
Step 5: Request the sheriff’s help
After an eviction judgment is entered, the landlord may seek help from the sheriff’s department in enforcing the eviction. A tenant who overstays a valid eviction order can be charged as a trespasser.
Related Alaska Court Forms
The following forms are the most common government documents used by landlords and tenants during the eviction process. More Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) forms can be found on the Alaska Court government website.
- Notice to Landlord of Need to Repair and Deduct from Rent: Used by a tenant to ask for the landlord to repair something in the rental unit.
- Complaint for Eviction (CIV-730): This form is used by the landlord to officially file an eviction with the Alaska courts.
- Answer to Claim for Damages (CIV-735): This form may be used by a tenant to officially respond and argue their case against eviction.
Eviction Information for Alaska Landlords and Tenants
Alaska’s eviction laws can be complicated. Fortunately, the court system and some outside legal agencies have put together a few helpful materials to make the process more transparent for both landlords and tenants.
- Information about eviction actions in Alaska
- Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
- Landlord and Tenant Act booklet (last updated 2014)
Here are some resources that may be helpful for tenants facing eviction in Alaska: