Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 29, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for an “incurable” violation (i.e., one which the tenant isn’t allowed an opportunity to correct), such as causing substantial property damage. The tenant must move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate

A Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Repeat violation within six (6) months of the same or substantially similar issue for which the tenant received a previous notice of noncompliance
  • Causing substantial property damage
  • Involvement in any criminal or illegal conduct on the premises

Some types of Kentucky lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Kentucky 14 Day Notice To Vacate

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 Notice To Vacate 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.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.