An Alaska eviction notice helps landlords begin the eviction process for tenants who violated the terms of their lease agreement. Your notice must be written according to Alaska state law, and you must allow your tenant the legally required amount of time to respond or move out.
Download a free eviction notice customized for Alaska state law below in MS Word (.docx) or Adobe PDF format.
Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: Alaska Stat. §§ 09.45.060 – 09.45.160.
- Grace Period for Paying Rent: No statute.
- Late or Non-Rent Payment Notice: 7 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(b)).
- Notice of Non-Compliance: 10 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(a)(2)).
- Deliberate Substantial Property Damage or Illegal Activity Notice: 24 hours (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.220(a)(1)).
- Lease Termination (Month-to-Month): 30 days (Alaska Stat. § 34.03.290).
How to Evict a Tenant in Alaska
In Alaska, eviction lawsuits are governed by Title 9, Chapter 45 of the Alaska Statutes.
Step 1: Send the Notice
Your notice must inform the tenant of the reason for the eviction and let them know what, if anything, they can do to correct this violation, such as immediate rent payment plus a late fee.
The written notice will also indicate that the landlord will pursue eviction proceedings if the rent remains unpaid past the period indicated in the lease agreement. The document must be served via registered mail or certified mail with a return receipt, personal delivery, or left at the premises (commonly with the notice taped on the front door) if the tenant is not present.
Step 2: File an Eviction Summons and Complaint
Suppose the tenant fails to respond to the eviction notice. In that case, the landlord may file an eviction action (a Forcible Entry and Detainer) with the district or superior court in the county where the property is located.
The current filing fee for an Alaska eviction lawsuit is $150. In cases that involve monetary damages, tenants have 20 days to file an answer to the court.
Step 3: Gather Evidence and Attend the Hearing
After the tenant can file an answer to the eviction complaint, the court will schedule a hearing (Alaska’s Civil Procedure outlines that tenants may request a jury trial for their eviction hearing).
In the meantime, a landlord can put together documents, testimony, and any other evidence that will help support the eviction complaint.
Step 4: Obtain and Enforce the Court Order
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 dismiss the case or enter judgment in the tenant’s favor.
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 or appropriate peace officer (after the court issues a Writ of Assistance) in enforcing the eviction if the tenant does not voluntarily vacate the property. 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 legal documents landlords and tenants use during eviction. More Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) forms can be found on the Alaska Court government website.
- Complaint for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) (CIV-730): This form is used by the landlord to file an eviction action with the Alaska courts officially.
- Answer to Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Complaint(CIV-735): A tenant may use this form to respond and defend their case against eviction officially.
- Default Judgment (CIV-745): This form is used if the tenant fails to answer the eviction complaint.