Kentucky Lease Agreement Templates (6)

A Kentucky lease agreement is a rental document that outlines the terms and conditions between a landlord and tenant for a property.

Last updated March 30th, 2024

A Kentucky lease agreement is a rental document that outlines the terms and conditions between a landlord and tenant for a property.

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By Type (6)

Standard Lease Agreement – A legally binding rental arrangement that is established between a landlord and a tenant for a fixed amount of time. 
Commercial Lease Agreement – A legal document allowing a business to rent out a property for industrial, retail, or office space.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – This is a shorter lease option for those seeking flexibility. The contract is for a month. Either the landlord or the tenant can terminate the lease with 30 days’ notice; otherwise, the contract typically automatically renews for the next month.
Rent-to-Own Agreement – A lease arrangement that gives the tenant the option to purchase the property after a disclosed amount of time renting it. This documentation is legally binding.
Roommate Agreement – A document that outlines the rules and responsibilities of people who share a living space.
Sublease Agreement – With the landlord’s consent, a tenant can rent out all or part of the rental unit to a new tenant.

Disclosures (2)

Contact Information for Authorized Agents – The landlord is permitted to provide the contact information for anyone authorized to manage the property, as well as the owner or their authorized agent, to receive, process, and confirm notices and demands. This list must be kept up-to-date throughout the lease’s term. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.585(1))

Move-In Inspection Form – If the landlord requires a security deposit, they must provide a comprehensive list of any existing damages to the unit with the estimated cost of repair. Tenants have the right to inspect the rental premises to verify the list before they move in. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(2))

Security Deposit Receipt – Prospective tenants must be informed of the location and account number of where their security deposit is being held. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(1))

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – This is only required for buildings built before January 1, 1978. The landlord must disclose the dangers of lead-based paint and inform if there is any on the interior walls of the rental unit.

Security Deposit

Maximum Amount – Kentucky does not regulate the limit on how much a landlord can charge as a security deposit to a tenant.

Returning to Tenant – At the end of the lease, landlords must inspect the property and create a list of any new damage to the unit, and their estimated cost to repair. Tenants have the right to inspect and verify the list before moving out. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(3))  If the landlord does not keep the funds in a separate fund and if the initial and final inspection was not done, they are not entitled to any of the deposit. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(4)) If the tenant leaves without paying rent and does not demand the deposit, the landlord can remove the deposit from the account after 30 days and apply it to the debt owed. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(6)) If no debt is owed for damages or unpaid rent, the landlord must notify the tenant of the refund amount. If there is no response from the tenant within 60 days, the landlord can keep the deposit. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580(7))

Landlord Access

General Access – For any non-emergency reasons, the landlord must give 2 days’ notice before entering the rental property. The landlord must only enter at a reasonable time. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.615(3))

Emergency Access – In the case of an emergency, the landlord can enter at any time. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.615(2))

Paying Rent

Grace Period – Kentucky does not have a mandated grace period law for late rent payments. The landlord can issue a Notice to Quit the day after rent is due to begin the eviction process.

Maximum Late Fee – If the rent is delayed more than 5 days past the date disclosed in the lease, the landlord can impose a fee to the tenant. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 359.215(1)) The landlord can either charge 20% of the rent amount or $20, whichever is greater. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 359.215(3)) The lease must mention this fee. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 359.215(2))

Returned Checks (NSF) – In Kentucky, a landlord can charge a $50 fee for any bounced or dishonored checks, or payment methods. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 514.040(4)b)

Withholding Rent – If the landlord willingly fails to provide essential services, the tenant may withhold rent payment. Essential services can include heat, running water, hot water, electricity, or gas. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.640(1)a)

Reasons for Eviction (2)

Non-Payment of Rent – Once rent is past due, the landlord must give the tenant a 7-day Notice to Pay, giving the tenant a maximum of 7 days before they must vacate the property. (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.660(2))

Non-Compliance – If there is a significant violation of the rental agreement, the landlord can give the tenant a written 14-day Notice to Cure or Quit, which gives the renter 15 days to remedy the breach, or else the lease will be terminated. If the tenant violates the lease agreement twice in 6 months, the landlord can terminate the contract with 14 days’ notice.  (Source: Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.660(1))