Worried that your landlord is snooping around your apartment when you’re not around, especially if you’re on vacation? Wondering if the property manager can just enter your place any time to make a repair that you haven’t requested? What are your rights when it comes to your landlord showing your apartment to prospective tenants when you’re moving out?
Read on to learn tenant rights when it comes to landlord access to your rental unit in Alaska.
When Landlords May Enter a Rental Unit in Alaska
Tenants have a basic right to privacy in their rental homes. That doesn’t mean that you can unreasonably refuse access to your dwelling when your landlord legitimately requires it. Under Alaska state law (Alaska Stat. 34.03.140), landlords can enter rented premises in the following circumstances:
- in case of emergency, such as a fire or serious water leak
- to make needed inspections and repairs
- pursuant to a court order
- if the landlord has reasonable cause to believe the tenant has abandoned the premises
- when reasonably necessary during a tenant’s extended absence, defined as a period of time in excess of seven days (AS § 34.03.230(b)), or
- to show the property to prospective new tenants, purchasers, or contractors.
Notice Required to Enter Rental Property in Alaska
Except in cases of emergency, landlords who want to enter rental property in Alaska for the above reasons must give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice of their intent to enter (unless the tenant agrees to a shorter time), and must enter only at reasonable times (such as weekday business hours), and with the tenant’s consent.
Your Legal Rights if Your Landlord Violates Your Privacy in Alaska
Depending on the circumstances, it’s usually best to start by discussing your concerns with your landlord, and follow up with a firm letter asking for the invasive behavior to stop. (See the Nolo article, Tenants’ Rights to Privacy, for advice on the subject.)
If your conciliatory efforts don’t work, and your landlord continues to violate your privacy without notice or legitimate reason, you may be able to sue your landlord in small claims court for money damages, on legal grounds, such as infliction of emotional distress or trespass. For advice on dealing with landlord invasions of privacy, see the Nolo article, Can I Sue my Landlord for Entering my Home Without Notice or Otherwise Invading My Privacy?
More on Tenant Rights in Alaska
For more state-specific information, see the Alaska Renters’ Rights Information section of Nolo. com.