General Information About Landlord's Maintenance Obligations

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The following document ONLY applies to jurisdictions in Kentucky that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act. These jurisdictions are: Barbourville, Bellevue, Bromley, Covington, Dayton, Florence, Lexington-Fayette County, Georgetown, Louisville-Jefferson County, Ludlow, Melbourne, Newport, Oldham County, Pulaski County, Shelbyville, Silver Grove, Southgate, Taylor Mill and Woodlawn.

If you do NOT live in one of these jurisdictions, please do not rely on this document for legal advice.

Further, this information only applies to residential leases. It does not apply to: commercial units, properties under contract for sale, hotels or motels, or people who are employed by the landlord.

KRS 383.595(1)

A landlord shall:

  1. Comply with the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;

  2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;

  3. Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition;

  4. Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by you;

  5. Supply running water and reasonable amounts of hot water at all times and reasonable heat between October 1 and May 1.

If your landlord does not do this, you may send him or her this letter.

If you wish to vacate your unit because of your landlord's failure to keep up the premises, you may do so if:

  • The failure is affecting your health and safety.

  • You send your landlord a letter (preferably by certified mail) giving him or her 14 days to repair the problem.

  • You state in your letter that if the landlord does not repair, you will be terminating your lease after 30 days.

If your landlord does repair the condition within 14 days, you may not terminate your lease. If the same health or safety problem arises again within the next six months, you may terminate your lease with 14 days notice.

You may send this letter to your landlord if you wish to terminate your lease.

Reviewed August 2009