I’m a Kentucky landlord with a difficult tenant. I’ve given the tenant the proper Kentucky termination notice, but he still won’t leave. What next? What is the Kentucky eviction process?

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If you are a Kentucky landlord with a tenant who won’t leave even though you have given the appropriate Kentucky termination notice that the lease has been terminated, your next step should be filing an eviction action. Eviction actions are officially called “unlawful detainer” actions in Kentucky.

You will file with your local district court, which will schedule a hearing, most likely within 3 days. If your tenant does not show up, you will probably win by default. If your tenant comes, you will both argue your sides of the case, and the judge will rule for one of you. If the tenant loses, he or she has 7 days to appeal the ruling. After the 7th day you can file for a writ of restitution which will allow the sheriff to assist you in removing the tenant from the premises. Take care not to remove the tenant by yourself, as this could subject you to a lawsuit by your tenant.

If at any point the eviction process becomes more than you can handle individually, you can always seek the advice and counsel of an experienced Kentucky evictions attorney.

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