It happens and even when a landlord prepares for it, it still stings like a bee; the late rent scenario. As the days go by and the rent has not arrived, the reality of what lies ahead becomes clearer. However, it can be easier. One “to-do” would be to act fast. Although cynical perhaps, buying into the tenant’s various excuses is a sure-fire way to delay the process. The eviction procedure for late rent or non-payment of rent in Alaska may be found in Alaska statutes Section 09.04.100.
As soon as your tenant becomes late on his/her rent, send them this notice. Alaska provides the tenant to have seven full days to either pay or move. If they pay, then they get to stay. You start counting the days down on the day AFTER YOUR TENANT IS PROVIDED THE NOTICE; weekends are included. If the tenant ignores the notice and does not pay or leave the premises, then it is time to take the next step. That would be to complete a Forcible Entry and Detainer (also known as a F.E.D.) action. This is the court procedure to begin the process of eviction. That form is also found on the ezLandlordForms website.
Sending the notice properly is a very essential part of the eviction process. Serving a notice improperly can cause hold-ups. This in effect can cost money. So, you see the importance of making sure your “t’s” are crossed and ” I’s” are dotted. Personal service is the preferred method. Proof of service is required in order to start any court action. There is a place on the bottom of this form to enter the information and gain proof.
TIP: Make TWO copies before serving it to your tenant.
IMPORTANT: When personal service is not possible, sending the notice via the postal service is adequate with certified mail and in order to have proof; the return receipt requested method is ideal. If mailing is used, then 10 full days must pass before filing an F.E.D.