Being a good landlord is not as easy as finding the perfect tenant and waiting for the rent checks to roll in. Depending on the state where the properties are there can be any amount of required paperwork for the landlord as the landlord complies with a variety of required notices to the tenant. Stay ahead of the law (and organized) by knowing about the required landlord notices in Kentucky.
Return of the security deposit
This notice depends on whether or not a balance of the security deposit is due the tenant at the termination of the rental agreement. See the article on security deposits in Kentucky for all of the particulars, but if a balance is owing the landlord must sent a notice of the balance due to the tenant’s last known or “reasonably determined” address. The tenant has 60 days to respond, and if there is no response the landlord can retain the deposit.
The landlord must provide 30 days’ written notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy.
The landlord must provide 30 days’ written notice of a change in the rent amount for periods subsequent to the initial rental period.
Non-payment of rent
The landlord must deliver written notice if rent is unpaid when due, and the tenant has seven days to make the payment or the lease agreement terminates.
Noncompliance with the rental agreement
For reasons other than the non-payment of rent, the landlord must provide written notice to the tenant, giving the tenant 14 days to remedy the breach. The lease agreement terminates after day 15 if the breach remains unremedied. However, if the same breach occurs within a six month period the landlord can immediately terminate the rental agreement with 14 days written notice to the tenant and stating the date of termination.
Landlord’s right to access
Except in cases of emergency, the landlord must provide at least two days’ notice to the tenant to access the unit to make repairs or alterations, for inspections, or to show the property. Note that the statute, KRS § 383.615, does not require written notice, but it’s a good idea to provide not only a written notice of an intended entry, but a receipt noting the date, time, and reason for entry.