In Alaska, sublease agreements are governed by AS 34.03.60. It states that a sublease agreement must be in writing and that it cannot be a verbal agreement. Furthermore, it is against the law for a sublease to occur without the landlord’s consent.
A sublease is an agreement between the original tenant (sublessor or sublandlord) under a lease agreement for a rental unit and a new individual (sublessee or subtenant) who does not have a direct connection with the original lease agreement; the sublease agreement is tied to and incorporates the original (master) lease. If the original lease does not contain language giving permission for the tenant to enter into a sublease, the original tenant (sublessor) must obtain written permission from the landlord to do so. In Alaska, the landlord must give consent to sublease for it to be lawful and the sublease agreement must be in writing. The original tenant (sublessor) is still bound by all the requirements/obligations under the original (master) lease agreement.
An Alaska sublease agreement should include the following sections: