If a rental property in Kentucky fails to meet legally required health and safety standards, tenants have the right to report their landlord to local public officials who may choose to follow up, inspect the property and cite the landlord for such violations.
What Are Considered Unsafe Living Conditions in Kentucky?
There’s no consistent legal standard for safe living conditions in Kentucky, except in places that have passed Kentucky’s Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. In those places, unsafe living conditions exist when a rental property doesn’t have safe and working:
- Heating (Oct. 1-May 1).
- Hot running water.
- Provided appliances.
- Common areas.
- Smoke alarms and required carbon monoxide detectors.
A landlord’s direct or indirect interruption of utility services may count as an unsafe condition, along with any other issue that substantially impacts health and safety on a property.
What Should Tenants Do Before Reporting a Violation in Kentucky?
In most cases, before reporting a violation, a tenant in Kentucky must notify the landlord in writing about the issue. In places which have passed the Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, the landlord then has 14 days to perform repairs. Otherwise, it’s just a “reasonable time” as determined by all circumstances.
How Can Tenants Report a Violation in Kentucky?
Tenants in Kentucky should report violations to the local office or officers responsible for housing code enforcement. The exact process depends on municipality.
|Property Maintenance Division
|Code Enforcement Office
After receiving a complaint, an inspecting officer might contact the tenant for more information. Then the officer will usually inspect the property and cite the landlord for any code violations.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Louisville?
A tenant in Louisville can report a health or safety violation by calling the Property Maintenance Division at (502) 574-2508 or using the online form. Most issues will fall under “Internal Property Maintenance” or “External Property Maintenance.” Enter a location, describe the issue, attach pictures or documents, and submit.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Lexington?
A tenant in Lexington can report a health or safety violation by calling Code Enforcement at (859) 425-2255 or using the provided online form. Most issues will fall under “Housing Complaint – Non Emergency.” Describe the issue, enter a location, attach documents and contact information, and submit.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Bowling Green?
A tenant in Bowling Green can report a health or safety violation by calling the Code Enforcement Office at (913) 573-8600 or using the provided online form. Enter contact information, detail the location and issue, and submit.
What Could Happen to a Landlord After a Complaint Is Made in Kentucky?
After a tenant files a complaint about unsafe living conditions in Kentucky, an officer may inspect the property. The landlord must fix noted code violations. Otherwise, the landlord could be fined and the local government might file to condemn the property.