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Kentucky Eviction Notice Types

A legal eviction in Kentucky can only be made for a number of acceptable reasons. This means that landlords must provide a valid basis along with the correct amount of days’ notice in order to comply with the legal eviction process within the state. 

Not using the correct Kentucky legal document, in this case, can lead to delays or even court dismissal of the eviction, so it is important to choose the right type. 

7-Day Notice to Pay Rent

If a tenant doesn’t comply with the rental payment schedule, the landlord may present them with a KY 7-Day Notice to Pay Rent. This obliges them to pay rent or quit within 168 hours

If the tenant complies and pays the rent then the notice will be nullified. If they refuse to pay or vacate the property, the landlord will be able to pursue the matter further through the courts.

14-Day Notice Comply or Quit

In the case of a lease violation, the landlord may issue a 14-Day Notice to Comply or Quit. This will often give the tenant 14 days to correct the breach before they will be obliged to leave the property. 

However, unconditional 14-Day Non-Compliance notices can be issued too for more serious offenses or if the tenant commits a second violation within 6 months of the last one. These don’t give the occupants any chance to correct their breach of the lease.  

30-Day Notice to Quit (Month-to-Month)

30 Day-Notice to Quit documents are used to evict month-to-month tenants or those who don’t have a fixed lease without providing any given cause. This allows the landlord to inform the tenant that they must vacate the property within 30 days or face a legal challenge.

This kind of eviction notice can also be used to evict a tenant in Kentucky who doesn’t have a lease agreement with the landlord or is squatting on the premises. 

Kentucky Eviction Laws

Your Kentucky eviction notice must follow the state’s rental property laws, in order to be valid. There are a number of important requirements that are obligatory when proceeding with the eviction of a rental tenant in KY.

An eviction in Kentucky may only happen in the case of:

  • Nonpayment of rent: 7 days’ notice
  • Lease violations: 14 days’ notice
  • Ending a month-to-month tenancy: 30 days’ notice

The Kentucky eviction notice itself must be delivered to the tenant as an official letter or form detailing the key information about the property and tenant. It must also clearly explain the reason the landlord wishes to terminate the lease and how long the resident has to comply with the notice.

Kentucky Eviction Process

The Kentucky eviction process must be followed precisely to ensure that the tenant is legally removed from the property. Therefore the landlord must take the correct steps and follow the right procedures, as detailed by Kentucky’s state law. To correctly complete an eviction in Kentucky, the landlord must do the following:

  1. Step 1: Serve the tenant with a written statement giving a legally valid reason for the eviction and the correct amount of days’ notice for them to comply.
  2. Step 2: If the tenant does not comply with the eviction notice the landlord can file a Forcible Detainer complaint with a local court and a summons will be served.
  3. Step 3: The tenant and landlord can make their case in court. The presiding judge can then decide whether the eviction can proceed or not.
  4. Step 4: If the judge rules in the landlord’s favor, the tenant will have 7 days to vacate. If they still refuse to leave, the owner may process a Warrant of Possession with the court clerk.
  5. Step 5: When the Warrant of Possession has been processed the landlord may file the document with the county sheriff. The authorities will then schedule a date to evict and carry out the forcible eviction.

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Other Real Estate Documents

There are several other legal documents that can be useful for landlords or when managing real estate. If you are currently renting out a home, or plan to do so in the future, use the following documents below to ensure your property is properly looked after: 

FAQs About Kentucky Eviction Notices

Before starting your eviction notice for real, it is sensible to understand the ins and outs of these important legal documents. Read more about Kentucky’s eviction notices in our FAQs below and learn how to use these forms effectively.

How to Evict a Tenant in Kentucky with No Lease?

Kentucky landlords still need to serve a proper eviction notice even if the person residing on the property doesn’t have an official lease. In the case of month-to-month renters, this requires the landlord to provide a 30-Day notice, before terminating their holdover or “at-will” tenancy. 

It is important to bear in mind that landlords are still required to serve notice even when evicting squatters or illegal occupants. In this case, they will need to deliver a 30-Day Notice to Quit, giving the resident 1 month to leave the premises.

How Long is the Eviction Process in Kentucky?

The eviction process in Kentucky usually only takes around 1-2 months to complete. If a valid KY eviction notice is delivered, this is often enough to get the tenant to leave or cure the issue (if allowed). This can reduce the time down to as little as 7 days from when the notice has been served.

How to File an Eviction in Kentucky

If a tenant doesn’t comply after being served with a legally valid Kentucky eviction notice it will be necessary to file a Forcible Entry Detainer case against them. To do this the landlord will need to visit their local district courthouse and file the case its civil department and provide the following evidence:

  • A copy of the lease agreement
  • The eviction notice that has been served (including proof of service)
  • Proof of any violations such as photographs, police reports, or receipts
  • Any witnessing parties to the violations
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_________, Kentucky _________
_________, _________, Kentucky _________


(i) In accordance with your lease and/or rental agreement dated _________, you are obligated to pay certain rent for the use and occupancy of the Premises described above, of which you now hold possession.

(ii) Your rent for the period from _________ to _________ is now due, unpaid and delinquent. Consequently, you owe rent in the total sum of $_________.


PAY the above-mentioned amount, in full, to _________ or its agents, within SEVEN (7) days after service of this notice; OR

QUIT the above-mentioned premises and turn over possession of the same to _________ or its agents, within SEVEN (7) days after service of this notice.

Failure to pay the rent in full OR vacate the premises within the time period specified above will result in forfeiture of the lease and/or rental agreement. In addition, the owner or landlord will institute a Forcible Entry and Detainer Action against you to recover rent, damages and possession of said premises.


This is intended as a seven (7) day legal notice for the purpose of terminating your tenancy, in accordance with The Kentucky Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act § 383-660(2) (Tenant's noncompliance with rental agreement -- Failure to pay rent).

The Landlord reserves all the rights to proceed to enforce the rights and remedies provided under the rental agreement and under applicable laws of the state of Kentucky at any time in connection with any and all defaults or events of default now existing or hereafter arising. Nothing in this notice may be construed as a waiver of such rights and remedies.

Dated: _________

By: ______________________________
     _________, _________, _________ _________


I, the undersigned, declare under penalty of perjury that I served the above notice, of which this is a true copy, on the following tenant(s) in possession in the manner(s) indicated below:

- On _____________, I handed the notice to the tenant(s) personally.

- On _____________, I mailed a true copy of the document by (   ) registered, (   ) certified mail, postage fully prepaid, addressed to the tenant(s) at his/her place of residence.

Executed on ____________________
Served by ______________________

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