Fighting against mold presents challenges for both landlords and tenants. It’s crucial for landlords to take action to ensure the safety of their tenants, while those residing in the property seek an environment that is clean and secure.

Unfortunately, there are no specific laws in Alaska State that deal specifically with mold in rental units. The terms of the lease contract, the cause of the mold growth, and local codes will determine the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords regarding mold.

Although there is no specific written law for mold issues in Alaska, the landlords do have the responsibility to keep a tenant’s home habitable and the tenant should do everything possible not to cause mold.

Alaska State mold laws

Alaska Landlord & Tenant Act states that landlords must make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.

Responsibilities of the Landlords

Landlords are responsible for making sure the home is livable and there are no water leaks or water damage from previous leaks. Leaking pipes, roofs, and gutters are a significant contributor to mold accumulation in a home.

Responsibilities of the Tenants

Tenants have the responsibility to use the provided ventilation systems in both the kitchen and the backroom to reduce ventilation systems in both the kitchen and the backroom to reduce the condensation from cooking, running the dishwasher, and hot baths and showers.

Who Has To Clean Mold in a Rental in Alaska State?

Even without specific laws governing mold, landlords can be held responsible for mold problems in a rental, and a landlord has the responsibility to provide safe and livable housing.

On the other hand, renters have the responsibility to keep mold under control as the landlord and can be the liable party in a molded case of their neglectful behavior.

If you as a tenant suspect mold, you must give your landlord a chance to fix the problem before you do anything else.

Who has to clean the mold in a rental in Alaska State

How Does Mold Affect Air Quality?

By producing spores mold affects the air quality by becoming airborne when disturbed. Airborne spores are inhaled into the lungs causing a variety of reactions.

The following symptoms indicate that you have inhaled mold spores:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated eyes
  • Skin rash
  • Severe asthma attacks