Alaska Security Deposit Laws

Alaska Security Deposit Laws

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 09.27.2023

Alaska Security Deposit Law: A Guide for Renters and Property Managers

Like most states, it’s standard for landlords to collect a security deposit from tenants in Alaska. This protects them against potential damages and rent defaults. With rents sometimes exceeding $2,000 a month, how does the Alaska security deposit law apply? 

Keep reading for your comprehensive guide.

Security Deposit Amount

Landlords in Alaska can charge up to two months’ rent as a security deposit. However, for rental units that have a rent exceeding $2,000 per month, this cap doesn’t apply.

Pet Fee

Alaskan landlords can request a separate pet deposit, capped at one month’s rent. This deposit covers damages linked to the pet. Remember, service animals are exceptions; those with service animals aren’t subjected to this additional deposit. This pet deposit should be accounted for distinctly from the general security deposit.

Holding the Security Deposit

The Alaska security deposit law mandates landlords to keep the deposit with a bank or licensed escrow agent. While landlords can pool prepaid rents and deposits into one account, separate accounts are essential for multiple tenants.

Disclosure to Residents

In Alaska, landlords must inform tenants about the conditions under which their deposit is held. However, they aren’t required to reveal any interest earned on the deposit.

Deductions from the Security Deposit

Landlords in Alaska can deduct amounts from the deposit for unpaid rent or damages beyond regular wear and tear. Deductions should correspond to tenant breaches in line with Alaskan regulations.

Return of the Security Deposit

After lease termination, if the renter provides adequate notice per the rental agreement, landlords have 14 days to return the deposit (minus any justified deductions). Without appropriate notice, this window extends to 30 days. Any deductions must come with a detailed itemized list.

Penalties for Delays

Landlords who don’t return the security deposit within the stipulated timeframe might face fines up to twice the deposit amount. This penalty includes any additional deposits, such as those for pets.

Claiming Security Deposit Funds

For landlords to withhold part or all of the security deposit, they must provide the tenant with an itemized receipt outlining the specific reasons for such deductions.

Using the Security Deposit for Last Month’s Rent

Tenants can propose using their deposit for the last month’s rent. While landlords don’t need to agree, any such arrangement should be documented in writing.

In Conclusion

Both tenants and landlords in Alaska must navigate the state’s specific security deposit laws to safeguard everyone’s interests. For landlords, keeping meticulous damage records can streamline the process when returning the deposit or making justified deductions.


The details provided are for informational objectives only and aren’t a substitute for professional legal advice. Always consult the relevant government sources for the most recent Alaska security deposit law updates.


Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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