can a landlord in KY withhold making repairs to the house if the tenant is not paying all the rent?

15 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Yes.   A landlord can do a lot of things, including evicting you for your lease violation, unless you can prove that you can't pay because of covid/lost job and if the state has mandated a no covid evictions order.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 2 months ago

    A tenant in our neighborhood wasn't paying rent. Landlord refused to pump septic tank. Tenant called code enforcement officer. CEO said, this is 'unfit for human habitation.' Walked down the street to the landlord's house. Told him if he wanted to continue to rent the house, the septic had to be pumped. What if I don't want to rent it? he asked. Well, the tenants would have to leave. 

    Problem solved. The tenants were pissed. (so to speak) They had to move out, (but not before Ralph defecated on the kitchen floor)

    Septic was pumped, and new family was moved in.

  • 2 months ago

    They don't have to do some repairs, but the place has to be livable.  If they refuse livabiity repairs (such as refucing for the tenants to have access to clean water) then they are likely to be refuse an eviction if this went to court and could be heavily fined if the tenants call code enforcemnt.

  • 2 months ago

    No--and they can't do anything to forcibly evict a tenant either, such as cutting off utilities, or changing locks. Failing to make the home habitable is also a violation. If the repairs are cosmetic or non-essential, then they can put them off. 

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  • 2 months ago

    They still must make habitability repairs.  

  • 2 months ago


  • R P
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    2 months ago

    If the needed repairs affect the habitability of the unit or creates a liability to the landlord, then, yes, the landlord must have the repairs done regardless if the tenant is stealing the landlord's income by not paying the rent.

    Source(s): FL landlord
  • 2 months ago

    The landlord must to health and safety repairs and make sure to maintain in working order anything that is in the lease.  Otherwise, it's his property and if doesn't care about it falling apart or looking bad that's his business.

  • 2 months ago

    Seems fair too me.

  • 2 months ago

    Depends, but usually, it's Yes they can. If the repairs do not involve habitability (like not having working plumbing, AC or heat) a landlord can delay that work until the tenant fulfills their end of the contract by paying rent.

    The alternative is *you pay* to have the repairs done yourself, then deduct that cost from what you owe. But that only applies if you've given written notice requesting repairs AND have allowed enough time for the landlord to address that issue.

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