State Rules and Regulations for Kentucky Rental Properties and Landlords

In Kentucky, a landlord-tenant agreement exists according to law (KRS Chapter 383) where ever an agreed upon amount of rent is exchanged for inhabiting a property, even without a written lease. Tenants have rights under the agreement including the right to habitable living and the right to pursue some forms of alternate action.

Landlords too have the right to collect rent and the reimbursement of costs for damages that exceed normal wear and tear.


Kentucky Official Rules and Regulations


Security Deposits and Kentucky Regulations

  • Standard limit/maximum amount – N/A
  • Interest and Maintenance – Landlords must put a security deposit in a federally-regulated banking institution. Landlords are not required to pay out interest gained on these funds.
  • Time limit for return – After calculating and agreeing upon and security deposit deduction, tenants have 60 days to claim the rest of the security deposit.
  • Penalty if not returned on time – There is no timeframe for security deposit returns in Kentucky law. However, tenants can bring legal action against landlords.
  • Allowable deductions – Kentucky landlords can make deductions for missed rent payments or damages to house structures beyond regular wear and tear. Landlords can also deduct for lease violations that have caused them to lose money.

Rent Payments

  • Rent is due based on the agreement of both parties at the time the lease was signed.
    • If no other agreement is in place, rent is due at the beginning of the month.
  • A definitive time frame for a rental can be set within the agreement.
    • If no agreement exists, the lease is week-to-week for tenants who pay weekly rent and month-to month in all other payment situations.
  • There is no statute regarding late fees for payments. The lease agreement can contain an amount for a late fee. If the agreement contains no provision for a late fee, one cannot be imposed by the landlord.
  • Landlords must give 30 days written notice in order to increase the rent or change any other term in a month-to-month contract.
  • Rent prices cannot be increased during the term of the lease – unless otherwise stated within the lease.

Notices and Entry Under Kentucky Law

Evictions in Kentucky

Kentucky landlords can pursue legal eviction for the following reasons:

  1. Nonpayment of rent – If a tenant fails to pay rent by the due date, landlords can issue a 7-Day Notice to Pay. If the tenant does not pay within 7 days of receiving the notice, landlords can commence eviction proceedings.
  2. Violation of lease terms – Kentucky landlords may issue a 15-Day Notice to Cure for first-time curable lease violations. If the same infraction occurs again within 6 months, Kentucky landlords can skip the 15-day Notice to Cure and file a 14-Day Unconditional Notice to Quit that requires immediate eviction.
  3. Illegal acts – Kentucky law does not explicitly demarcate which criminal acts are justification for eviction. Landlords can determine these conditions in individual lease agreements.

It is illegal for Kentucky landlords to evict tenants for their membership in a protected class. It is also unlawful to evict a tenant as a form of retaliation for:

  • Notifying officials about health or safety violations
  • Joining a tenant union or organization
  • Filing a request for maintenance


Helpful Links

State Agencies & Regulatory Bodies

Housing Authorities

Realtor and Landlord/Tenant Associations


These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.


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