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Age Discrimination in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Discrimination based on age is prohibited in Alaska. This means that landlords cannot discriminate against the tenant on the basis of age . "Age" is not defined by the law and thus is presumed to cover all ages. Additionally, children and families are explicitly protected from discrimination. Elderly Landlords are prohibited from discriminating based on age in Alaska and this includes against the elderly. However, discrimination is defined narrowly under the law. The only things that constitute age discrimination in Alaska are refusing to allow inspections to the elderly and making false statements about housing availability to the elderly. See Alaska Stat. Sec. 18.80.240(5). Alaska Stat. 18.80.240 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.250 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.300 . These protections extend to discrimination of a person's perceived age. For example, an email may be written in a way that makes a 30-year [...]

Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Alaska and federal law give tenants strong protections when landlords discriminate against their mental or physical health conditions. Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations for tenants' handicaps. What's Covered? Alaska and federal law cover mental and physical health-related handicaps. A "health condition" is much broader than a diagnosed disease in official medical books. It can be any mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Conditions that may not obviously be a disability qualify for protection, such as a sports injury, hoarding tendencies, or paranoia. Of course, medically diagnosed conditions also qualify, such as HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, or bipolar disorder. The law also covers tenants that had a history of such an impairment and tenants who have been regarded as having such an impairment. Alaska Stat. 18.80.240 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.250 , Alaska Stat. [...]

Discrimination of Families, Pregnant Women, and Children in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

It is illegal in for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their having children, being pregnant, or otherwise their familial status. Children must be provided equal access to all facilities and services offered to adults. In addition, tenants are protected from discrimination based on their marital status. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate Alaska and federal law. For example, charging tenants with children higher rent or a higher deposit, advertising an apartment as being only for families (or not for families), putting an age limit for children, and placing all families in one part of the building are all illegal. Alaska Stat. 18.80.240 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.250 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.300 . Rights of Children Landlords that treat children and adults differently are violating the law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against a tenant's [...]

Discrimination of Source of Income in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Alaska does not protect tenants from landlords who deny an apartment application based on the type of job they have. There are few exceptions when the job is related to the tenant's gender, race, religion, or other protected categories under the Fair Housing Act. Some states, counties, and cities may block landlords from discriminating against Section 8 Voucher tenant applicants and landlords should know it's illegal to have a blanket policy of denying all applicants with a criminal record. Section 8 Voucher Recipients Alaska does not prohibit landlords from denying tenants because they are a Section 8 voucher holder. To the best of our research, we did not find any cities or counties in this state that prohibit denying voucher holders. However, a few states and cities are considering such a prohibition so please check back periodically. Locations with Section [...]

Racial Discrimination in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Alaska protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: denying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying a loan based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrycharging different rent or offering different amenities based on race, color, national origin, or ancestrypressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain race, color, national origin, or ancestry in the neighborhoodasking about a tenant's [...]

Religious Discrimination in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Alaska protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: asking about a tenant's religionfalsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's religiondenying an apartment or application based on their religionpressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain religion in the neighborhooddenying a loan based on their religiondenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their religioncharging different rent or offering different amenities based on religionadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religion Alaska Stat. 18.80.240 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.250 , Alaska Stat. 18.80.300 . Related Protections Some religions are related [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in Alaska Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

Alaska law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. Alaska has no explicit protections for LGBT tenants, but federal and state protections against discriminating by one's gender offers some indirect protections in certain cases. To be safe, landlords should be careful about treating LGBT tenants differently. Sexism Alaska law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, denying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their sex, asking about a tenant's sex, denying a loan based on their sex, charging [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Alaska?

By |September 12th, 2018|AK|

There is no explicit law in Alaska, its major cities, or counties regarding whether landlords can implement a policy of not accepting vouchers or tenants receiving government assistance to pay rent. However, some courts have ruled that doing so violates the Fair Housing Act and similar laws. Discrimination Against Families and Minorities Most of the time, landlords are free to deny voucher holders as a rule where there is no direct rule against it. However, a few courts have held that discrimination against voucher recipients (e.g., a "No Voucher" policy) violates anti-discrimination laws (see the Fair Housing Act and the corresponding state law of Alaska). This is because a majority of voucher recipients are minorities and families and so such a policy has a discriminatory impact on those protected groups. While rare, it's becoming increasingly common. To be on the [...]