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COVID-19 Information for Alaska

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Reopening Order

Capacity restrictions and closures have been lifted on the majority of Alaska businesses.

Face Mask Mandate

Alaska has not mandated the wearing of face masks. 

State of Emergency

Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a state of emergency on March 11, 2020.

Eviction

Status: Evictions Cases can Resume (Remote or In-Person)

AK SB241

  • Action: On April 10, 2020, the legislature suspended any statute that would give a cause of action for evictions or foreclosures for nonpayment of rent effective though June 30, 2020, or until the Governor’s determination, whichever is earlier.
  • Notification: Residents seeking protection under this legislation must, before June 30, 2020, provide their housing provider with a signed statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: Yes. A resident’s “liquid assets from any source when combined must be insufficient to pay the reasonable cost of food, housing, health care, and other goods and services vital to the health and wellness of the person and the person’s spouse and dependents.”
  • Supporting Documentation: Not Required.
  • Resident Responsible for Rent: Yes.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

COVID-19 has hit Alaskan communities hard, resulting in lay-offs without pay and reductions in work hours. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has implemented a special hardship process to provide immediate rental relief to our families affected by income loss due to COVID-19. To qualify for rent reduction, families must be enrolled in a qualifying Alaska Housing program and have demonstrable income loss due to COVID-19. 

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Alaska is a Dillon’s Rule state, meaning all authorities granted to local government are determined by the state government. See American Legislative Exchange Council for more details.

Price-Gouging Law

Alaska does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Anchorage

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On May 5, 2020, the Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed an emergency ordinance that will provide financial relief to some Anchorage residents hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Assembly approved a request by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration to allocate $1 million to a small business relief fund, which would dole out $10,000 grants to 100 small businesses that have suffered financial losses and have not received federal assistance through the CARES Act.

Additionally, $1 million will go a housing costs relief fund, which will be disbursed through an already-established United Way program. Renters and homeowners can apply by calling Alaska 211. If selected for assistance, the money will be given directly to a landlord, or a bank for those seeking assistance on their mortgage.

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Juneau

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On April 20, 2020, the Juneau Assembly approved an emergency appropriation setting aside $200,000 from the city’s affordable housing fund as a relief for residents who have been laid off or are unable to work due to COVID-19.

The resolution creates an emergency rental assistance program. Funds will be distributed through the Juneau Community Foundation to the Alaska Housing Development Corp., a nonprofit that runs several low-income housing complexes and an existing rental assistance program.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are within a certain income bracket and prove that they are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

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