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Kentucky Residential Lease Agreement

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If you rent real estate in Kentucky, you need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Kentucky Lease laws. Here’s how we make the process quick and EZ:

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease Agreement entirely online.
  2. As you build your Lease, you’ll get State Assist Tips that point out important Kentucky Laws.
  3. All Kentucky-required language, terms, and disclosures are AUTOMATICALLY added to your Lease.
  4. You can add additional documents or disclosures that you want with just the click of a box. We have over 25 documents Landlords can choose from including a Pet Addendum, Tornado Addendum, and Guest Policy.
  5. You and your Tenant can review and SIGN your Lease entirely online using our ezSign tool.
  6. Once it’s signed, your Lease is automatically stored securely on the cloud using ezCloudStorage.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our Kentucky Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all Kentucky Lease Laws. This means you don’t need to worry about state laws when creating your Lease.

Even so, we know Pro Landlords need to be familiar with key Landlord-Tenant laws.

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing Week-to-Week: The Landlord or Tenant may terminate the tenancy by a written notice given to the other at least 7 days before the termination date specified in the notice.

Month-to-Month: The Landlord or Tenant may terminate the tenancy by a written notice given to the other at least 30 days before the periodic date specified within the notice.

Fixed-Term Leases: Unless otherwise specified within the Lease, the Tenant vacates when the Lease terminates.
Security Deposit There is no limit placed on the security deposit charged to the Tenant as long as it’s reasonable. Landlords must deposit the security deposit in a bank account and provide the Tenant with the bank name, address, and account number.

Please Note: Before occupancy, a complete list of any existing damage to the property and a cost estimate for the necessary repairs are required before the Tenant moves into the premises.
Returned Payment Fee Returned payment fees may not exceed $50 and must be specified within the lease. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 514.040
Late Fee Late fees should remain reasonable and related to the Landlord's actual expenses incurred.
Insurance Requirements Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance and could make the failure to do so a breach of the Lease Agreement.
Notice to Enter Landlords must give at least 2 days' notice before entering the Leased premises for non-emergency reasons.
Landlord Requirements Non-Refundable Fees There are no stated regulations limiting the collection of non-refundable fees.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Louisville: All property located in Louisville Metro and occupied or offered for occupancy in exchange for money or any other consideration must be registered with Louisville Metro Government. Failure to register is subject to a fine of up to $100 per day per housing unit.

Lexington: Short-term rentals must obtain a business license as well as a Certificate of Occupancy. In Lexington, short-term rentals are defined as rentals for a period of less than one week in duration.

Required Disclosures

  • Authorized Access: The Landlord must disclose and describe all individuals that are allowed onto the property for maintenance or management prior to the start of the Lease term.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Pursuant to federal law, if a property was built before 1978, occupants must be provided with a lead-based paint disclosure.
  • Move-In Inspection Form: If the Landlord collects a security deposit, the Tenant must be provided with an inspection report that documents property condition and any pre-existing damage to the property. The Tenant should then be given a chance to verify and sign the report. Our Move-in/Move-Out Walkthrough Checklist is EZ to customize to your property and can serve as the move-in inspection form
  • Security Deposit Receipt: If a Landlord collects a security deposit, the Tenant must be provided a security deposit receipt that states where the deposit is being held, including the bank account number.
addenda and disclosures

Have another disclosure that you’d like to add? We have over 25 that Landlords can include in their Lease Package with just the click of a button - for example, a Pet Addendum, Tornado Addendum, or Pool/Hot Tub Policy.

Advice for Landlords in Louisville


Landlords have lots of questions. We have answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get. Have another question? Contact our team!

Does a Kentucky Lease Agreement need to be notarized?

No, a Kentucky Lease Agreement does not need to be notarized. As long as it’s signed by both parties, it’s legally binding and fully enforceable.

Does a Kentucky Lease Agreement have to be in writing?

While verbal Lease Agreements are allowed in Kentucky, we don’t recommend them. The Lease Agreement is intended to protect the Landlord and Tenant. As a result, it’s always recommended that your Lease Agreement is in writing. This not only ensures that you’re protected if a conflict arises, but it also helps to avoid conflicts in the first place!

A basic, generic Lease Agreement is better than nothing, but this does not provide Landlords with complete protection. Instead of a simple Rental Contract, it’s important to have a thorough, customizable Lease Agreement. This makes your life as a Landlord EZier and ensures you are protected if problems arise with your Tenant.

Who needs a Lease Agreement?

Anyone who rents real estate in Kentucky needs a Lease. This is true whether you rent an apartment, condo, duplex, or single-family home. It’s the Lease that protects the Landlord, or lessor, if problems arise with the rental, so it’s important to always have a good Lease Agreement in place before handing over possession of your rental unit.

What is the standard Lease Term in Kentucky?

The standard Lease term is one year (12 months). That said, shorter and longer-term Lease Agreements are accepted as long as the term is clearly stated in the Lease. To help meet every Landlord’s needs, we offer short-term Lease Agreements, Month-to-Month Lease Agreements, Vacation Rental Contracts, and long-term Lease Agreements.

Does my Lease need to be state specific?

Yes! Every state has its own Lease laws. This means that to ensure that your Lease complies with all applicable laws, it needs to be state specific. There are some blank, fillable state-specific Lease Agreements available, for example, the one offered by the Kentucky Association of Realtors. These are better than having a generic Lease form, but still, leave Landlords without a customizable Lease Agreement. This can become a big problem if Tenants break the Lease or cause problems with your property.

You have a lot invested in your rental property. Make sure you protect it with a great, state-specific Lease Agreement.

How should I store my Lease Agreement?

It’s important that your signed Leases are accessible and that they’re stored somewhere safe. Our Kentucky Lease Agreements are automatically stored securely on the cloud using ezCloudStorage. In addition, our Leases are EZ to print or download as a PDF. This gives Landlords plenty of options for Lease storage.

Pro Tip: Landlords need a lot of forms. That’s why we have a library with over 400 of them covering every phase of the Landlord lifecycle.

Kentucky Rental Forms and Templates

  • Rental Application: Our Free Rental Application is the best way to start Tenant Screening. It’s the EZ way to gather important information about an Applicant and get the necessary authorizations to run important screening reports.
  • Tenant Welcome Letter: This customizable welcome letter is the perfect way to share important information with new renters and ensure they have all the info they need to take great care of your rental unit.
  • Rent Ledger: It’s important to document all rent payments. This is helpful at tax time and vital if a Tenant ever misses a rent payment. Our rent ledger is the EZ way to keep track of all rent payments.
  • Kentucky 7-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit: This form should be used if a Tenant is late with rent. It gives a Tenant 7 days to either pay rent or vacate the property.
  • Kentucky 14-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate: Use this form for a Lease violation other than nonpayment of rent. It gives a Tenant 14 days to either cure the Lease violation or vacate the property.
  • Kentucky 14-Day Notice to Vacate: If a Tenant violates the Lease twice within the past 6 months, the Landlord may use this form. It gives the Tenant no option to cure the Lease violation and requires the Tenant to vacate the property.
  • Kentucky Official Forcible Detainer Complaint: This form initiates eviction proceedings in Kentucky. A Landlord may file it the day after a notice period expires assuming a Tenant remains in noncomplianc

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