How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Kentucky

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Kentucky

Last Updated: March 29, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

In Kentucky, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Kentucky?

In Kentucky, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Kentucky?

In Kentucky, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 7 Day Notice To Quit, the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Kentucky, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Kentucky

Kentucky law only specifies methods for serving notice in the state Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA). Where the URLTA does not apply, landlords may deliver a written eviction notice by any method that results in actual notice to the tenant. The notice delivery methods required by the URLTA will be legally sufficient anywhere in the state:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail to the tenant’s address of record (or otherwise last known address)

When sending a notice by mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Kentucky

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • Registered or Certified Mail – via a return receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of mailing

Kentucky Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
7 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
14 Day Notice To Vacate Eviction for Repeat Lease Violation

Eviction for Illegal Activity

7 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease
10 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Tenancy after Written Lease Expires