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What Is a Kentucky Rental Application?

In Kentucky, a rental application is a means of a landlord gathering the necessary information on all prospective tenants. A rental application speeds the process of screening tenants, as all applicants provide the same information, saving the landlord time from having to contact each individual applicant for missed information.

Rental applications generally ask for information such as the applicant’s full name and address, but also tend to request more personal information such as income, and if the applicant has had any bankruptcies or past evictions. Since many landlords will run a credit or background check, there is generally a fee to submit a rental application (typically between $25 and $75).

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The Kentucky Rental Application Process

The Kentucky rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Kentucky, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount and the fee is non-refundable.

Landlords in Kentucky may also ask a prospective tenant any amount for a security deposit; there is no maximum.

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A Sample Kentucky Rental Application with Examples for Each Step

The rental application should include the following sections:

  • Prospective Property including complete address, type of unit, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, start date, and monthly rent
  • Personal Information about the Applicant including full name, date of birth, social security number, photo ID (driver's license number or Kentucky state ID), current address, phone number/cell phone number, email address, and relationship/marital status
  • Rental History for the last three addresses, including current/previous address(es), name and phone number of landlord/manager, rent paid, how long they lived at the address, and reason for leaving
  • Employment History and income for the last five years (including spouse and co-applicant, if any), including current/previous employer(s), address, position, dates of employment, supervisor name and phone number, monthly income, other sources of income, monthly income, name, address, and phone number of provider, bank account(s)/bank balance(s), and credit card accounts
  • Other Occupants/Roommates including full name, date of birth, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Personal References (unrelated to the applicant) including name, occupation, address, phone number, and how long known
  • Nearest Living Relatives including name, address, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Emergency Contact including name, address, phone number(s), and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Vehicles including make/model, year, and license plate number/state
  • Pet Information if any; if there are any restrictions or fees regarding pets on the property, they should be listed on the rental application
  • Personal History/Statement including the need for a service animal or accessibility needs, prior evictions, prior bankruptcies, and prior criminal convictions
  • Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including consent to a credit/criminal background check and acknowledgment of the non-refundable application fee

Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Kentucky

Kentucky Justice Online                                     

The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid)     

Kentucky Legal Aid                                           

Tenant Services & Housing Counseling, Inc.   

Legal Aid Society                              

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  

Kentucky Rental Application Laws

Kentucky has no laws that delegate how much a landlord may require for a security deposit. Nevertheless, whatever deposit the landlord and the tenant agree to, the landlord must return the deposit to the tenant (minus any fees) within 30 days of the lease being terminated. If the tenant disputes the amount given back to him or her, the landlord has 60 days to return the amount (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 383.580).

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