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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.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

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.

Shelter in Place

Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, Alaska ordered the implementation of non-congregate shelter quarantine and isolation solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through Health Mandate 14. This mandate will remain in effect until rescinded.

Effective Friday, April 24, 2020, Alaska will enact its Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan – Phase 1-A which will resume business operations for some non-essential businesses as well as essential services under new guidance.

State of Emergency

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

Eviction

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

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Alaska.

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

Shelter in Place

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued Emergency Order EO-07 and Emergency Order EO-08. EO-07 replaces and supersedes the Hunker Down Order (EO-03-V2) and EO-01. The order allows many non-critical businesses to operate so long as they are able to adhere to safety criteria. EO-07 takes effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020 and remains in effect until modified.

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.