Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: November 21, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a month-to-month tenancy or a tenancy at will. This notice is provided to either party at least thirty (30) calendar days before the end of the following rental period or expiration of the lease.

When to Use a Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or a tenant may use a Kentucky 30-Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a month-to-month tenancy or a tenancy at will in accordance with state law. This notice may also be used for tenants that do not have a written lease that pay rent monthly.

In locations that fall under the Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the 10 Day Notice to Vacate is used to terminate a tenancy after a written lease expires.

If the rental premises are located in an area that does not fall under the Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, then a 30 Day Notice to Vacate may used to end a tenancy with an expired lease.

How to Write a Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate

For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:

  1. State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
  2. Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
  4. For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
  5. Sign the notice and print your name.
  6. For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.

Without this information on the lease termination notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.

How to Serve a Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or tenant can deliver lease termination notices in Kentucky using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the other party in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person who can accept the letter on behalf of the other party;
  3. Mailing the notice by registered or certified mail with a return receipt.

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

Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

The following 4 counties and 15 cities have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA):

Counties:

  • Pulaski County
  • Oldham County
  • Louisville-Jefferson County
  • Lexington-Fayette County

Cities:

  • Barbourville
  • Bellevue
  • Bromley
  • Covington
  • Dayton
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Ludlow
  • Melbourne
  • Newport
  • Silver Grove
  • Southgate
  • Shelbyville
  • Taylor Mill
  • Woodlawn

If the property you are renting is not located in any of the cities or counties on the above list, then the Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act does not apply to you.

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