A rent receipt is a form that helps landlords and tenants prove the tenant paid the rent and that the landlord received the payment. A tenant can refer to it at a later date if a landlord tries to claim the tenant didn’t make their rent payment.
Landlords most commonly issue this form when tenants pay cash, but it can document a rent payment in any form.
What Is a Rent Receipt?
A rent receipt is a simple document that acknowledges the payment of rent by a tenant to a landlord. It can document payments by cash, physical checks, or electronic transfer. Rent receipts prove the date and rent amount paid in case a dispute arises later.
Why Use a Rent Receipt?
Here are some benefits of using a rent receipt for landlords and tenants:
Landlords receive benefits such as:
- Maintaining a professional appearance with tenants
- Abiding by state laws that may require proof of payment to a tenant 
- Making tenants feel assured
- Staying organized and avoiding disputes about payments
Tenants receive benefits such as:
- Securing proof that they paid on time
- Tracking rent payments and creating a paper trail
- Backing up any tax deduction claims
- Helping with renter’s tax credit
How a Rent Receipt Works
Here’s a brief overview of how issuing a rent receipt works:
Step 1 – Collect Rent
The first step is to collect rent from your tenant. Ensure they’ve paid the full amount owed.
Step 2 – Fill Out the Rent Receipt
Fill out the rent receipt with the tenant’s identifying information and the property where they live. Indicate the amount they paid and the payment method they used.
Write your name as the landlord and add your signature.
Step 3 – Give the Receipt to the Tenant
Once you sign the document to validate it, give the receipt to the tenant. They can store it in their records for future reference. You can issue a new rent receipt to a tenant each month on the day they make their rent payment.
Rent Receipt Sample
Review our rent receipt template so you can understand what it looks like. Download it as a PDF or Word file to communicate to tenants that they’ve paid their rent on time:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can rent receipts be handwritten?
Rent receipts can be handwritten, but they may not look as professional.
A simple rent receipt keeps records consistent for every tenant and makes it easier to avoid missing essential information.
Do I have to issue rent receipts to my tenants?
Some states and cities require landlords to provide rent receipts. Each jurisdiction is different, so you must research whether you need to provide a rent receipt for tenants in your area.
It is always best to provide rent receipts even if you are not obligated to do so. Tenants will appreciate the proof that they paid on time, and providing receipts will boost your reputation as a qualified and experienced landlord.
How do I accept rent online?
You can accept rent online by:
- Signing up with a rent-collection website
- Notifying your tenants about online payments and how to make them
- Providing a rent receipt for online payments
Tenants can set up their accounts to make ACH payments on the first of every month.