Kentucky Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: November 21, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

A Kentucky eviction notice form is a legal letter provided to a tenant directing them to correct a breach of their obligations and/or vacate the premises. In Kentucky, eviction notices can be served for the nonpayment of rent, lease violations or participating in illegal activity.

Types of Kentucky Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
7 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
14 Day Notice to Vacate Incurable Breach

(Repeat Lease Violation)

No
30 Day Notice to Vacate Monthly Lease / No Lease No

Kentucky 7 Day Notice to Quit

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A Kentucky 7 day Notice to Quit form is used for an eviction for nonpayment of rent. The tenant has the option to remedy by paying the balance due, otherwise the tenant must move out and deliver possession of the premises within seven (7) calendar days.

Kentucky 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

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A Kentucky 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate form is used for an eviction for a curable breach of the lease. Lease violations include damaging property, failing to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner or interfering with the peace and enjoyment of other persons. The tenant has the ability to correct the lease violation or move out of the rental unit within fourteen (14) calendar days.

In locations that have adopted the Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, landlords are required to provide this notice for a curable lease violation. The tenant has the ability to cure the infraction during the notice period. If the tenants fail to comply, they must move out of the premises within fourteen (14) calendar days. Otherwise the landlord can begin eviction proceedings on the 15th day or the day after the notice period expires.

Kentucky 14 Day Notice to Vacate

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A Kentucky 14 Day Notice to Vacate form is used for an eviction for an incurable breach, such as a repeat lease violation or illegal conduct on the premises. There is no option to cure and the tenant must vacate the premises within fourteen (14) calendar days.

In locations that have adopted the Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, this notice shall be given to the tenant for committing a breach of the lease that has recurred within six (6) months after the tenant received a prior notice for noncompliance.

Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate

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A Kentucky 30 Day Notice to Vacate form is used for a lease termination to end a month-to-month lease or a tenancy at will. This lease termination letter 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 the written lease expires.

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

The lease termination letter may be delivered by either party at least thirty (30) calendar days before the end of the following rental period or expiration of the lease term.

How to Write an Eviction Notice in Kentucky

For an eviction notice to be legally compliant:

  1. List tenants’ full names;
  2. List full address;
  3. Include grounds for eviction;
  4. Calculate and include termination date;
  5. Include date notice served;
  6. The landlord’s signature and printed name; and
  7. The landlord’s address and telephone number.

Without this information on the notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with an eviction proceeding and the landlord’s case may be dismissed.

How to Calculate Expiration Date in Kentucky

Eviction notices take effect the day after they are served. If the notice period is less than seven (7) days, weekends and legal holidays are not included, so only judicial days may be counted. If the notice period is more than seven (7) days, all days are counted in the period, including weekends and legal holidays. If the last day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, then the notice period will not officially expire until the end of the next judicial day.

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How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Kentucky

A landlord can deliver notices in Kentucky using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Mailing the notice by registered or certified mail with a return receipt.

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

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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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