What are the Massachusetts laws in giving monthly rent receipts to tenants?
Are they required or is the returned canceled check from the tenant sufficient?
There is really no law addressing receipts other than for security deposits. I tell clients not to let the money (or check) leave the right hand without a receipt in the left. A cancelled check duly endorsed on the back should provide proof that you paid the rent but use the memo section of the check each time.
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Certainly the cancelled check is a valid receipt receipt. I am not aware of any law that mandates the LL provide a receipt for regular rent. Canceled check is certainly sufficient. A tenant would be justified in requiring a receipt for a cash payment, although many leases address the manner of payment.
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