Kentucky Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: April 28, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Kentucky state landlords can raise rent as long as proper notice is provided.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. No notice specifically addressed but it is customary to provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Kentucky state landlords may charge up to $50 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

Kentucky landlords must abide by the terms established in the written lease. In most cases, rent cannot be increased during a fixed-term lease, unless stated otherwise in the lease. A Kentucky landlord may increase rent for periodic tenancies if appropriate advanced notice is provided.

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Kentucky landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant

It is also illegal for a Kentucky landlord to attempt to raise rent in retaliation for a tenant exercising his/her tenant rights (KRS 383.705)

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

The state of Kentucky does not legislate rent increases.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Although there is no state statue specifically addressing the amount of notice required for an increase rent. It is customary to provide at least a 30-Day Notice.  (KRS 383.695)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Kentucky does not limit the frequency with which rent increases may occur.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

A reasonable late fee of $20 or 20% of the rental fee for each month a tenant doesn’t pay rent (whichever is greater) can be collected by the landlord when rent hasn’t been paid for at least 5 days after the due date. Additionally, reasonable expenses incurred as a result of rent collection or through a lien enforcement can be collected.

Late fees can only be collected if the fee and the conditions for imposing the fee are outlined in the lease agreement or an addendum. (KRS 359.215)

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

A Kentucky landlord may charge a tenant up to $50 for a payment that is returned for insufficient funds (KRS 514.040(4b)).

Cities in the State with Rent Control

Kentucky legislation preempts rent control.