A rent receipt is a document that records and proves that rent has been paid by the tenant for a determined period (week, month).

Many states require landlords to give tenants a receipt for the rent. 

Uses for a receipt:

  • Protects tenants who pay in cash, who can prove the rent has been paid, if challenged.
  • It is crucial for tenants to keep records. It documents and keeps track of all rent payment transactions. Which is very important.
  • When filing their taxes, renters can use the receipt to back up their renters' tax credit deduction.

A simple Receipt form should include the following:

  • Date
  • Tenant’s name
  • Tenat’s Address (property location)
  • Rent period
  • Form of payment (cash, check, money order, cashier's check)
  • Payment amount
  • Signature of the person who received the rent payment (landlord/manager)


Date ___/___/______                                                    Receipt # ______________

This receipt acknowledges that the amount of $ _______,___ (____________________

__________________________) has been received by _________________________ the landlord/manager for the rental property located at _______________________________ for the period of ___/___/____ through ___/___/____, and has been paid by ______________________, the tenant.

___ This amount represents FULL payment for the rent period.

___ This amount represents ________ payment for the rent period. Remaining balance is $__________ 

Payment made by:

___ Cash

___ Money Order # _____________

___ Check # __________________

___________________________ Landlord’s Signature

___________________________ Address

___________________________ Address

___________________________ Phone Number



On _____/______/___________ (date), ___________________________________ (tenant’s name) paid $ ______,___ (________________________________________________) for rent on _____________________________________ (address). 

Payment made in:


___CHECK NO. _____________

___MONEY ORDER NO. _______________

The tenant still owes $ ______________________ (balance due after payment).

Money Received By: 

______________________________________ (Landlord signature)______________________________________ (Print name)

Rental property’s managers should give the tenant a receipt when he/she makes a payment. 

A receipt offers additional documentation that the house or apartment rent was paid.

Also acknowledges that Landlord has received payment in full for the rental period described.

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