All About Breaking A Lease In Alaska
Wondering how to break your lease in Alaska? We've got you covered.
You probably have every intention of staying on your property until the end of the term, when you first sign a lease agreement. However, there are times when you will be forced to move out before your lease expires; it could be joining the military, or worse, the home becomes inhabitable.
Since a lease is a legally binding agreement, it can be hard to break it legally, and you may face severe consequences if you don't do it the right way. You shouldn't have to incur extra costs just because life got in the way of your lease agreement. DoNotPay can help you break your lease quickly without any frustrations or heavy repercussions.
When Is Breaking a Lease Justified in Alaska?
A lease agreement in Alaska expires on the last day of the lease term, and tenants are not required to provide a notice for when it ends. However, there are scenarios when a tenant can legally break the lease even before the term expires.
1. Early Termination Rights
The early termination clause sets up conditions for a tenant to break a lease early without facing any legal repercussions. You can end the lease agreement provided you pay a termination charge equal to two months of rent or otherwise stated in the lease. The termination will be acceptable on the last day of the 30-day notice period.
2. When the Property Becomes Uninhabitable
Alaska health and safety codes provide standards that landlords must observe to make rental units habitable. If those safety standards are not met, you have the right to notify the landlord about moving out if proper repairs are not done within a given period.
3. Service Member Relief Act
Active military service members are protected under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The Act makes provisions for when active-duty military personnel want to end their lease early due to work deployment or change of station.
4. Harassment by the Landlord or Violation of Privacy
Lease agreements state terms for both parties: landlord and tenant. Tenants have a right to privacy and other protection rights by virtue of occupying the house. If the landlord breaches the lease either by harassing you or violating your privacy, you have the right to break your lease.
Lease Termination Notice Requirements in Alaska
When a tenant wants to move out, they must issue a lease termination notice and move out of the property within the specified timeframe stipulated in the law.
The table below shows the notice period requirement and the legal statute provision in Alaska.
|Rent Payment||Notice Time||Statute|
|Weekly||14-Day Notice to move out||AK Stat §34.03.290 (2019)|
|Monthly||30-Day Notice to move out||AK Stat §34.03.290 (2019)|
How to Break Your Lease On Your Own
Breaking your lease on your own is a tedious, challenging, and painful process to get through on your own. If you fail to do it the right way, you may face the following consequences:
- Your landlord may file a lawsuit against you for rent owed or breaching the contract
- Not find a new home or apartment easily
- Forfeit your security deposit
- Affect your credit score
Here are all the ways you can break your lease on your own without a penalty.
1. Read and Understand Your Lease Agreement
Your lease agreement contains penalties and procedures for early termination. Even though leases protect landlords more than tenants, you can still break the lease without incurring penalties. So, ensure you read and understand every single word on the lease.
2. Everything Should Be In Writing
If you tell your landlord you want to move out before the lease ends and agree, make sure you get that in writing. It's hard to prove verbal agreement, and if sued, the terms of your lease will remain the same.
3. Take Proof of the Property
Make sure you walk through the house with your landlord and take pictures of everything in the house as proof the home was in good condition when you moved out. Visual evidence or recording ensures that you are covered if your landlord sues you.
4. Check the Exception to the Rules
You can move out legally even before the lease expires in certain situations. Check with Alaska law on the acceptable reasons for termination of lease.
5. Ask for an Attorney's Help
Breaking the terms of your lease on your own can be challenging if you don't know where to begin. For this reason, you should consider the help of a lawyer to understand the terms of the lease.
How to Break Your Lease With the Help of DoNotPay
Breaking your lease on your own is frustrating. You have to spend valuable time going through multiple channels to get help. However, DoNotPay simplifies the process for you without much hassle.
Here's how you can get started in 3 easy steps:
- Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference and enter the state the lease was signed in.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.
- If you're a uniformed service member breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
- If you're breaking your lease for a reason protected by your state's tenant laws, we'll write your landlord a letter detailing your protections for breaking the lease under the relevant law.
- If your reasons for breaking your lease aren't protected by federal or state law, but you'd like to try to convince your landlord to let you break the lease through mutual agreement, we'll draft a hardship letter making your case to your landlord.
- Suppose there are no remaining options for breaking the lease with protection, but your state requires landlords to mitigate damages to tenants who break their leases. In that case, we'll notify your landlord of that obligation and minimize the remaining rent you have to pay.
Why Use DoNotPay to Break the Lease
Breaking a lease is not a walk in the park. You risk facing legal repercussions if you don't do it correctly. However, with DoNotPay, you don't have to spend hours or struggle to fill out tedious forms to break a lease in Alaska. You can relax, and we will do everything for you in the comfort of your home. All you have to do is sign up for the app.