Bill would allow landlords to garnish PFDs

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A bill that would allow landlords to garnish tenants' Permanent Fund dividends to pay for repairs is headed for a full House vote.

Reports say House Bill 282 updates the Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time in decades.

The bill moved out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. It will have to pass both the House and Senate before the legislative session ends on April 20.

The bill from North Pole Republican Rep. Doug Isaacson allows a landlord to garnish a renter's PFD for any repairs that cost more than what a security deposit covered.

Among other things, the bill also allows landlords to collect an additional pet deposit and extends the deadline for a landlord to return a security deposit.