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Alaska Landlord Act Bill
JUNEAU, AK- House Bill 282 seeks to update the Alaska Landlord Act, which hasn't been modified since the early 1990's.
With more than one third of Alaska's housing units being rentals, Alaskan tenants might want to listen to new pending changes.
Perhaps the biggest modification would be giving landlords the ability to reach into tenants Permanent Fund Dividends if the renters damage exceeds their security deposit.
"As a result of not co-mingling funds, where are they gonna get the money?," says Representative Isaacson.
Representative Isaacson says not only would this provision cover the landlord but would also protect tenants.
HB 282 would also allow landlords to demand an extra months rent up front if the renter has a pet, along with an additional two months up front for a security deposit.
"It would definitely play a factor when deciding if i want to rent or wanted to find a house," says Becky Bryant, Anchorage.
Part of the bill would allow landlords to evict tenants engaging in illegal activities such as drug use or prostitution.
"it would make me feel a lot better because i really don't like to be around things like that and we are pretty safe people," said Bryant.
Overall, the sponsor of HB 282, Representative Isaacson says the bill would protect both landlord and tenant and help define what normal wear and tear is.