Kentucky Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: March 31, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Kentucky month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Kentucky (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Kentucky Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Kentucky landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Kentucky, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 30 days’ notice.  Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.695

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

Kentucky has no specific statute for an increase in rent. Generally, it is common practice for landlords to provide month-to-month tenants with a 30 days’ notice.

Are There Notice Delivery Requirements?

In Kentucky there are notice delivery requirements.  In the case of the landlord, delivering notice in person or via certified mail to the place of business which is outlined in the lease agreement or at a place where the landlord has determined it as the place of receipt for communications.

In the case of the tenant, delivering notice in person or mailed via registered/certified mail to the tenant’s last known address or place of receipt of communication outlined in the lease agreement. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.560

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Kentucky?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Kentucky. The process for eviction can be completed in 3 to 6 weeks but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Kentucky, click here.