Alaska Sublease Agreement
The Alaska Sublease Agreement is an agreement between the current renter of a room or property and a new renter, called the sublessee. Because renters can face “breach of contract” for exiting a lease early, they can try and find someone looking to take over their monthly payments and live in the property instead. However, in the state of Alaska, subleasing your rented room, apartment, or house is prohibited unless given direct permission by the landlord and having the prospective sublessee(s) give the landlord a signed document containing their personal information; the specific information required can be found in Alaska’s Section 34.03.060.
Sublessor Screening: Alaska Rental Application
Statute: Section 34.03.060
Subleasing Allowed? Tenants can only sublet if they receive written permission from their landlord. Landlords need to approve of sublessees themselves. All potential sublessees need to deliver a written application to the landlord containing:
- Their name, age, and present address;
- Their occupation, place of employment, and the name and address of their employer;
- The number of additional occupants that will be living with the applicant;
- A minimum of two (2) credit references, or references of responsible individuals that can confirm the financial responsibility of the prospective sublessee; and
- The name(s) and address(es) of all prior landlords the prospective sublessee had during the past three (3) years.
Once the landlord receives the application, they have fourteen (14) days to approve or refuse the applicant sublessee. If the landlord fails to respond within fourteen (14) days, their silence can be assumed as approval for the applicant. To reject, they need to deliver a signed rejection containing the reason(s) for the sublessee’s rejection. The following are permitted reasons landlords can use to reject an applicant:
- Inadequate credit and/or financial responsibility;
- Too many occupants;
- One (1) or more occupants under the age of eighteen (18);
- The sublessee’s unwillingness to comply with the terms established by the original “master” lease;
- The sublessee (or other proposed occupants) have pets;
- The sublessee intended to conduct commercial activity in the dwelling; or
- A reference provided by the sublessee gave the landlord a signed document stating the applicant’s previous abuses/poor behavior.