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Updated July 11, 2022

A Kentucky rental contract is a document used for the leasing of residential or commercial property between a landlord and a paying tenant. After the tenant has viewed the property, they will typically have to complete a rental application so the landlord can view their employment, credit, and background information. Once the tenant is approved, a lease should be drafted that includes the negotiated terms of both parties.

Rental Application – Information requested by the landlord to verify the tenant’s information.

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Agreement Types (7)

Commercial Lease Agreement – Space that is used for business-related use.

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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement   ( § 383.695 ) – A rental arrangement that has no end date but either party may terminate the contract with at least thirty (30) days’ notice.

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Real Estate Commission (KREC) Lease Agreement – A recommended sample lease provided by the bbin电竞官网官方永久 of Kentucky.

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement – Standard contract for the renting of residential property with the added choice of being able to buy the premises.

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Room Rental (Roommate) Agreement – Contract between individuals sharing a housing situation wherein each person has their own room with shared responsibility for the common areas.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement – Establishes a tenancy arrangement in which a landlord leases property to a tenant for a fixed term.

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Sublease Agreement – For a tenant that is seeking another person to take over space they are leasing from a landlord in order to move elsewhere or take away the burden of payment.

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Required Disclosures (4)

Authorized Access ( § 383.585 ) – Landlord must describe the individuals allowed onto the property such as managers, agents, etc. in the contract prior to tenancy.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – A law created by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requires the landlord to provide notice to the tenant about the paint on the interior of the property. Only required for buildings constructed prior to 1958.

Move-in Inspection Form ( PDF | MS Word | ODT )  ( § 383.580(2) ) – If the landlord accepts a security deposit, the tenant is required to be given a report of the pre-existing damage on the property. The tenant should verify the report and sign.

Security Deposit Receipt  ( § 383.580(1) ) – The landlord must state where the deposit is being held and include the bank’s account number.


According to § 383.615 , the landlord must give at least two (2) days’ notice to the tenant before entering the premises for any non-emergency reason.

Security Deposits

Maximum  – There is no limit on how much the landlord may ask from the tenant when authorizing the lease.

Returning ( Statute 383.580 ) – The landlord must return the deposit within sixty (60) days from the termination date. If the tenant does not give the landlord a forwarding address within said time-frame they may keep the funds.


Commercial –  KRS Chapter 355.2A

Residential –  KRS Chapter 383

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