Tenants can use an Alaska sublease agreement to rent property to a new tenant (or “subtenant”) for a portion of their existing lease contract. The new tenant is responsible for paying rent to the original tenant on time, and is bound by the same terms established in the original lease.
To save time and ensure everything is filled out correctly, we recommend using our free Alaska sublease agreement builder or reading our steps on how to write an Alaska sublease agreement below.
How to Write an Alaska Sublease Agreement
- Get permission from the landlord — Alaska law requires the landlord to agree to all potential subleases. Attach a copy of the landlord’s written permission to the sublease agreement.
- Name the current tenant(s) — List all people named in the original lease, along with their address and contact information.
- Name the subtenant(s) — Write the name(s) of whoever will be subleasing the property, their address for notices if different than the subleased property, and their email address.
- Name the landlord — List the name of the landlord on the original lease, along with an address where the notice can be sent.
- List terms of the original lease and attach a copy — List the date of the original lease, and the beginning and end dates of the agreement. Format the dates in mm/dd/yyyy. You should also provide a copy of the original lease to the subtenant.
- List the terms of the sublease agreement — State the start and end dates of the sublease in mm/dd/yyyy format. Also write the full address of the subleased property, including the city and state.
- Include additional information about the property — It’s best to clarify which parts of the property the subtenant can use. This includes the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, parking spaces, storage units, and furnishings. Also list any restrictions, such as smoking or pets.
- Calculate the rent — State the total amount of rent for the entire sublease term, and the amount of rent that the subtenant must pay each month. Also, list any utilities or additional fees they owe monthly. If there’s a security deposit and the subtenant is responsible for all or part of it, note it in the sublease.
- Sign the sublease agreement — Both the sublessor and the subtenant must sign and date the agreement and print their names.
Alaska Sublease Laws
Once you’ve filled out your Alaska sublease agreement, you will effectively be the landlord for your subtenant.
This means you must honor the terms of the sublease agreement (as well as the original lease) and follow all Alaska laws regarding the eviction process, security deposits, and all other landlord-tenant matters. Alaska Statutes § 34.03.060 specifically refers to sublease agreements, and states that no tenant may sublet a property without the landlord’s permission.
Alaska Landlord-Tenant Laws: Title 34, Chapter 3 of the Alaska Statutes (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)
In Alaska, a sublessor must:
- Give a subtenant 7 days written notice to pay rent or leave
- Return the security deposit within fourteen days (14) of the end of the sublease, or thirty days (30) if the deposit is being used for rent owed or property repairs
- Provide thirty days (30) written notice of your intent to not renew the sublease and/or original lease
Alaska Sublease FAQs
Is subletting illegal in Alaska?
No, subletting is not illegal in Alaska. In fact, Alaska law addresses the right to sublease property with the permission of the original landlord.
Can a tenant sublet without permission in Alaska?
No, a tenant cannot sublet without permission in Alaska. The tenant’s original lease must specifically provide the right to sublease the property or the tenant must obtain permission, in writing, from the landlord to enter into a sublease.
Alaska Landlord-Tenant Law requires a prospective subtenant to provide the following information to the landlord if the original tenant wishes to enter into a sublease agreement:
- Name, age, and present address
- Occupation, present employment, and name and address of employer
- Number of people that will live in the apartment/home
- Two credit references
- Names and addresses of all landlords of the applicant for the past three years.
What are a tenant’s options if an application for a sublease is denied without cause?
If a landlord denies an application without providing one of the acceptable reasons listed below the sublessor may proceed with the sublease, or break the original lease and move out after giving a 30-day notice.
Landlord-Tenant law in Alaska only allows a landlord to deny an application submitted by a proposed subtenant for one (or more) of the following specific reasons:
- Insufficient credit standing or financial responsibility
- Too many people for the residence
- Unwillingness of the new tenant to accept the terms of the rental agreement
- The tenant’s pets are not acceptable
- The tenant’s proposed commercial activity
- A bad report from a former landlord of the prospective tenant.