Alaska Housing Rent Relief
If your tenants are struggling to pay rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska Housing Rent Relief offers a solution with up to 12 months of financial assistance. Rent relief is available for both unpaid and future rent, and payments will be made directly to landlords and property managers.
Learn More & Share Resources
All Alaskan renters are invited to check their eligibility before the application period closes to new applications at 11:59 pm on March 5th, 2021. We encourage you to learn more and share information with your tenants. Here's how:
- Review program information and applicant FAQs.
- Access this toolkit of materials to share information about Alaska Housing Rent Relief with your tenants. Don't see what you need? Have an idea about how to get the word out to eligible Alaskan renters? Let us know.
- Get a preview of the application process, including screenshots of the online forms and descriptions of each step an applicant will take to apply.
- Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates on Alaska Housing Rent Relief and other programs.
Help Tenants Apply & Receive Your Payments
Landlords can help tenants successfully secure funding by providing needed information as part of their application process. For example, you will be able to:
- Register with Alaska Housing Rent Relief as a landlord, which will reduce the number of requests from tenants for your information. By providing your tax and payment information, we can get you paid faster and, ultimately, keep your tenants in their rental homes.
- Upload copies of required documentation to a tenant application that they might not have on hand, such as a lease agreement or W9 form, as well as copies of utility payments if those have been turned over to you.
Adding your information to the portal in advance will facilitate quicker payment to you once tenants are approved for rent relief. The program allows for up to 12 months of financial assistance, with the possibility of extended assistance for an additional three months. All past-due rent and utilities back to March 13, 2020 will be paid first with remaining funds available for prospective (future) assistance. Funding will be available at least through September 30, 2021.
We will notify you once we open the application system to landlords to register their information and to upload required documents to a tenant application.
Click here to receive this important announcement and for other updates on how you can help your tenants gain access to rent relief program funds.
Other Resources & Information
If You Accept AHFC's Housing Vouchers
A Safety Net program has been established that temporarily reduces the rent your tenants pay, but AHFC's payment to you is increased. Learn more here.
Financial Assistance for Landlords
Landlords and property owners may be eligible to apply for other CARES funded assistance programs through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan or the Paycheck Protection program (check with your preferred financial institution for more details).
Guidance on Evictions, Foreclosure, and Forbearance
As a landlord you need to be aware of current eviction moratoriums. If you own rental properties for which you pay a mortgage, you also need to be aware of foreclosure and forbearance. Learn more here.
Your Rights As a Landlord and Where to Find Legal Aid
You need to know your rights as a landlord, and possibly a homeowner. You also need to know your tenants' rights. Find legal advice here.