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Kentucky Eviction Notice Forms | Process and Laws

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The Kentucky eviction notice forms are the first step in seeking to have a tenant either comply with the terms of the lease or vacate the premises. If tenant fails to vacate or cure the breach in the time period allowed after written notice from landlord, landlord may pursue a Forcible Detainer Action (Complaint) in the Local District Court. The court will set a court date and the sheriff will serve the tenant with the court filing informing them of the court date. If the tenant does not show up or the landlord prevails during the hearing, landlord will be able to obtain a Warrant of Possession from the court authorizing the sheriff to evict the tenant.

Laws – § 383.200 – § 383.285 (Forcible Entry and Detainer)

Table of Contents

Notices By Type

7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment) – A landlord must let the tenant know that they are delinquent on their rental payments and give them seven days opportunity to  pay the full amount owed before proceeding with the eviction process.

15-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance) – If the tenant is breaching the lease in some other way, other than failing to pay the rent, landlord must give the tenant fifteen days to fix the breach before proceeding with the eviction process.

30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month) – This form is used when a landlord needs to let a tenant know that he or she does not intend to renew a month-to-month tenancy and that tenant needs to move out at the ed of the thirty days.

When is Rent Due

In Kentucky, a tenant must pay rent on the day it is due as set forth in the lease between the landlord and tenant. If tenant fails to pay, landlord must provide written demand to tenant and give him or her seven days to pay.

How to Evict (Process)

Step 1 – Before going to court to have a tenant removed from his or her property, landlord must comply with the State of Kentucky’s notice requirements to allow a tenant the chance to rectify the situation. If the problem is for non payment of rent, the landlord must provide a written  7-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment). If its for a another type of breach of the lease, landlord must provide a 15-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance). If landlord is just seeking to terminate a month-to-month lease, he or she must provide a 30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month). The notice must be delivered by hand or sent certified mail.

Step 2 – If the tenant fails to respond to the notice sent by the landlord, landlord may then seek relief from the District Court by filing a Complaint for Eviction. The court will set a hearing date and the sheriff will serve the tenant notice of the eviction complaint. The tenant has seven days to respond.

Step 3 – If during the court process the parties come to an agreement the landlord and tenant should sign the Forcible Detainer Settlement Agreement which outlines the damages paid/unpaid to the landlord and when the tenant should stay or vacate the premises.

Step 4 – If the tenant continues to fail to respond or shows up at the hearing and judgment is entered for the landlord, the court will issues a Warrant for Possession and the tenant will have to be moved out by the date set forth therein, or the sheriff and landlord will move the tenant’s possessions out onto the street.

How To Write (Notice To Quit)

1 – Required Documents

Select the “PDF,” “ODT,” or “Word” buttons on the right to download the Kentucky Notice to Quit. You will need the Signed Lease or a copy of the Signed Lease to verify the information you are reporting on this Notice is accurate.

2 – Identification Statements

The first line of this document requires the Full Name of the Tenant, Subtenant, or Landlord this Notice is intended for.

The first sentence will require you to Name the City, County, Zip Code, Building Number/Street, and Apartment Number where the concerned premises is located. The second sentence requires the Signature Date reported on the lease to be reported using the appropriate spaces.

The following statement will require an accurate report on when the Lease was signed. That is, enter the Signature Date indicated on the Lease using the blank spaces provided in the second statement.

3 – Defining the Action

If the purpose of this Notice is to inform the Tenant/Subtenant that he or she must pay an Overdue Rent Amount or vacate the rental property within seven days of receipt of this Notice, then choose the Nonpayment checkbox. The blank space preceding the term “an authorized agent” will require the Name of an individual allowed to accept the past due payment should the undersigned be unavailable. You will need to report the Total Amount Due on the next two blank spaces. Also, on the last bold line, report the Minimum Amount Due and the Time Period it will pay for.

If the purpose of this Notice is to inform the Tenant/Subtenant that he or she must address and rectify a lease violation to the satisfaction of the undersigned within fifteen days of receipt of this Notice, then choose the check box labeled “Noncompliance.” This statement requires a report on the Lease Violation reported on the blank line. It is recommended that you quote the exact Lease Term being violated.

If the purpose of this Notice is to inform the Tenant/Subtenant the Month to Month Tenancy he or she is engaged in with the Landlord will come to an end in thirty days (minimum), then choose the first check box labeled “Noncompliance.” Keep in mind the Tenant/Subtenant must have thirty days after receipt of this Notice before the Termination Date occurs. Additionally, this Date must be at least Thirty Days from the next Payment Due for the Rent. Report the Termination Date using the blank lines on either side of the phrase “day of” and after “20” to enter the Day, Month, and Year of the Termination Date.

If the purpose of this Notice is to inform the Landlord the Month to Month Tenancy agreement in place will be terminated thirty days (or more) after receipt of this Notice, then choose the second check box labeled “Month to Month Tenancy.” Enter the Day, Month, and Year of the official Termination Date on the blank space preceding the term “day of,” the blank space preceding “20,” and the last blank space in the statement.

5 – Landlord Intent

If the Owner, Landlord, or an Authorized Agent of such is issuing this Notice then he or she must provide a Signature on the blank line below the disclosure paragraph.

6 – Delivery Agent Report

An important facet of this document is that it is delivered in a timely manner that is reasonably verifiable. The individual or agent charged with delivering this document will have a section at the bottom of this form to fill out to help fulfill these needs. He or she is required to enter the Date of Delivery and the Name of the party that received this paper work in the Certificate of Delivery statement. Below this, a further definition will be provided through one of three check boxes. There will be a statement indicating a successful first party delivery, a successful second party delivery, or if this document was mailed using First Class Mail to the recipient.

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