A Kentucky eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has 7 days to pay the rent or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Kentucky.
Types of Kentucky Eviction Notices
Each possible ground for eviction has its own notice type. Some notices allow the tenant to fix (“cure”) the issue and continue the tenancy, while others simply state an amount of time to vacate by.
7-Day Notice to Pay (Nonpayment of Rent)
A landlord is allowed to evict a tenant for failing to pay rent on time.
According to Kentucky law, rent is considered late the day after it’s due; grace periods (if any) are addressed in the rental agreement.
Once rent is past due, the landlord must provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Pay if the landlord wants to file an eviction action with the court. This notice gives the tenant the option to pay the past due amount in full within 7 days depending on whether or not the rental property is in a location that has adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
If the tenant does not pay the rent due by the end of the notice period and remains on the property, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the total amount of past-due rent owed and that the rental agreement will terminate if past-due rent is not paid in full within the 7-day deadline on the notice.
Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent form template below (.pdf direct link).
14-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate (Non-Compliance)
A tenant can be evicted in Kentucky if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease or rental agreement.
Kentucky landlords must provide tenants with a 14-Day Notice to Comply, giving the tenant 14 days to correct the issue to avoid eviction, depending on whether or not the rental property is in a location that has adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people reside in the rental unit, and having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.
Material health and safety violations are also considered lease violations and could include letting trash pile up inside the rental unit, providing a harbor for rodents or bugs, or even things like damaging the electrical wiring in the rental unit.
Illegal activity may also be included in this category.
If the tenant fails to correct the issue by the deadline and remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The notice should include:
- The specific lease and/or health/safety violation(s);
- What the tenant can do to remedy the violation;
- How long the tenant has to remedy the violation; and
- The date the lease will terminate if the tenant fails to correct the violation(s).
If the tenant corrects the issue but violates the same issue within a six-month period, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement with a 14-Day Unconditional Notice to Quit. Note, that this period of notice is for rental properties that have adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
Get the downloadable 14-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).
7/10/30-Day Lease Termination Notice (No Lease/ End of Lease)
In the state of Kentucky, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.
Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.
The amount of time required in the notice depends on the type of tenancy and whether the rental unit is in a location that has adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
- Week-to-Week – If rent is paid on a week-to-week basis, a landlord must provide the tenant with a 7-Day Notice to Quit.
- Month-to-Month – If rent is paid on a month-to-month basis, a landlord must provide the tenant with a 30-Day Notice to Quit.
- Expiration of Written Lease – If a tenancy originally began with a written lease, and the lease term expired, the landlord must provide tenants with a 10-Day Notice to Quit.
- Location That Hasn’t Adopted the Act – For tenants at will or at sufferance, landlords must provide a 30-Day Notice to Quit.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.
Get the downloadable 7/10/30-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).
What to Include in Kentucky Eviction Notices
The information required on a Kentucky eviction notice varies based on the reason for the eviction; however, it’s still a good idea to include:
- The date the tenancy will terminate;
- The reason for the eviction; and
- The tenant’s name and contact information.
The landlord will also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand-delivered.
In addition, the landlord should keep the receipt number if the notice was delivered by certified or registered mail.
Delivering Eviction Notices Kentucky
In the state of Kentucky, landlords can deliver an eviction notice through one of the following methods:
- Giving it to the tenant in person; or
- Mailing the notice to the tenant via certified or registered mail.
Note that using certified mail is only one option under Kentucky law.
Eviction Process Kentucky
- An eviction notice is posted by the landlord to vacate or “cure” the issue.
- If the tenant does not vacate when required to do so, a complaint is filed by the landlord with the county court.
- A hearing is held and judgment issued.
- If granted, writ of restitution is posted at the property, giving final notice to the tenant to remove their belongings.
- Finally, the sheriff returns possession of the property to the landlord.
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